ESG News Review 14 — 20 June 2014

23 06 2014

Walmart was among the most praised companies last week as it announced it will triple its spending on food safety in China to 300 million yuan; in addition, the company has been named in a Ceres report showing how firms also including Coca-Cola, General Mills, and Unilever have taken steps to work with suppliers on […]

ESG News Review 8 — 14 March 2014

17 03 2014

Toyota was among the most praised companies last week as it announced a wage increase for its Japan-based workers, responding to calls from Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Nestlé published a new report describing its efforts to meet commitments in areas such as nutrition, water, rural development, sustainability and compliance; Nestlé also announced it will […]

ESG News Review 1 — 7 February 2014

10 02 2014

General Motors was among the most praised companies last year, as its Opel unit has agreed to extend by two years a guarantee that workers at three German plants won’t face job cuts. AT&T announced plans to commit $100 million of free mobile broadband access to educational websites, applications and services.  Cisco was named among […]

Cisco to Provide United Nations with Emergency Response Communications Assistance

10 09 2012

Cisco and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) recently reached an agreement that will allow any United Nations (UN) organization to access Cisco’s networking technology solutions for emergency communications assistance during UN disaster relief missions.This agreement is the first of its kind for Cisco with the United Nations. Operating under […]

Cisco in China scandal

24 05 2011

Falungong members are suing Cisco Systems for custom-building “Golden Shield” internet technology used by China to track down devotees of the spiritual movement. Cisco dismissed the case on Monday as being without basis and vowed to “vigorously defend” itself. A lawsuit filed in US federal court in the northern California city of San Jose calls […]

Better Safe than Sorry – Corporate executives should build global opportunities by advancing human rights

28 02 2011

Public revolt in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, and elsewhere makes it clear that many yearn for rights and liberties. But states are not the only institutions obligated to respect human rights. Companies also have human rights responsibilities and can be complicit in violating human rights. For example, during the first days of protests in Cairo, telecom […]

Silicon Valley companies face minority hiring complaints

10 02 2011

Silicon Valley high tech firms are on the hot seat over accusations that they’re not hiring enough minorities. Three non-profit groups targeted Google for a protest because it wouldn’t provide a breakdown of its workforce by race or ethnicity. “The only way we can solve the problem is finding out what is your employment, what […]

Activist manager sells Cisco shares on rights concerns

12 01 2011

Activist investor Boston Common Asset Management LLC said that it has sold most of the 167,000 shares it held in Cisco Systems Inc, capping a lengthy dispute with the company over its human rights record. Cisco is among a number of technology companies that have tangled with human rights groups in recent years over sales […]

Innovation Fuels Techs’ Reputation Despite Corruption Scandals – Covalence Technology Hardware Industry Report 2008

11 11 2008

Innovative green and social products greatly contribute to the ethical reputation of technology hardware companies, while labour, legal, institutional and production-related challenges are rising, states a report published today by Geneva-based research firm Covalence — Covalence Technology Hardware Industry Report 2008. In Covalence cross-sectors EthicalQuote ranking Technology Hardware recently lost the 1st rank against Automobiles […]

Cisco’s Shareholders Want Answers on Human Rights

22 10 2008

Harington Investments, with the support of Boston Common Asset Management, has proffered a shareholder resolution that requests Cisco “amend the company’s bylaws to establish a board committee on human rights that is authorized to review the implications of company policies, above and beyond matters of legal compliance, for the human rights of individuals in the […]