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Saturday, October 29, 2011

Genocide Claims against Rio Tinto Reinstated

On October 25th 2011, a U.S. federal appeals court reversed the dismissal of genocide and war crime charges against Global Compact participant Rio Tinto by landowners in Papua New Guinea. The 2000 lawsuit accuses the company of human rights abuses and environmental damage.

Rio Tinto Plc is a Global Compact participant since 2000/07/26 and therefore considered as one of its 'Founding Fathers'.

More on Australia Mining.

MOSOP Media Nigeria Village $1B Suit against Shell in US Rejected

MOSOP Media Nigeria Village $1B Suit against Shell in US Rejected

Indigenous Chileans take mining giant to international court

On Friday 28th 2011, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights has opened a trial to determine if Barrick Gold’s Pascua Lama project in Chile violates the fundamental human rights of the indigenous Diaguita community.

Barrick Gold is a Global Compact participant since 2005/06/02.

Barrick Gold CSR report

Indigenous Chileans take mining giant to international court

Monday, October 24, 2011

Guard pleads guilty over prison van death [G4S - SECURICOR]

"In October 2011, a prisoner transport guard working for SECURICOR G4S, has been fined $11,000 after pleading guilty to charges laid over an Aboriginal elder's death from heatstroke in the back of a prison van. (...) In August, G4S and WA's Department of Corrective Services were fined $285,000 each for their part in Mr Ward's death after pleading guilty to failing to ensure non-employees were not exposed to hazards."

Read more on the Sydney Morning Herald website

G4S plc, previously known as Group 4 Securicor, one of the world's largest private security firm, is a Global Compact participant since 2011/02/16

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Oil spills: Nigerians seek $1bn from Shell

Oil spills: Nigerians seek $1bn from Shell: A Nigerian tribal king has filed a lawsuit in a US court seeking $1bn from Royal Dutch Shell to compensate for decades of pollution that sickened his people and damaged their lands, his lawyer says.

Royal Dutch Shell plc is a founding fathers of the U.N. Global Compact since 2000/07/26.

U.N. report:

Monday, October 17, 2011

Cemex given GBP 200,000 Fine for Cement Death

A GBP 200,000 fine has been given to cement firm Cemex following the death of a worker at a factory in Rugby, Warwickshire, three years ago. (...) An investigation found that Cemex was aware of the potential for blockages to cause explosions as steam pressure built up inside, but took no action to prevent them.

Cemex has been a Global Compact participant since June 2004.

Read the original article on the BBC website

Transparency International: Grieve must not terminate UK-Saudi bribery investigation

On October 10th 2011, Transparency International UK called on the U.K. Government to support a full investigation by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), following serious bribery allegations involving GPT Special Project management, the UK subsidiary of European defence company and Global Compact participant EADS, and the Saudi Royal family,

The Attorney General was reportedly deliberating over whether the SFO should continue to investigate allegations that GPT Special Project management made illicit payments to the Saudi Royal family in order to secure a contract worth GBP 2 billion.

Transparency International U.K. Press Release

More info from the Bribery Library

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Allianz SE Close To Settlement With SEC Over Bribery Allegations

On October 7th, 2011, the WSJ reported Allianz SE, Europe’s largest insurer, is close to reaching a settlement with the Securities and Exchange Commission over allegations that it paid bribes in Indonesia.

Read the WSJ article.

Munich-based Allianz SE is a Global Compact participant since 2002/07/02.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Tata Steel (former Corus) fined for dioxine emissions in the Netherlands

In October 2011, the province of Noord-Holland, the Netherlands, announced it would fine Indian conglomerate Tata Steel in IJmuiden €150,000 for breaching dioxine emission levels.

Tata Steel has been a Global Compact participant since 2001/03/09.

Read more on Dutch News

EPA issues cleanup directive to Enbridge

On October 6, 2011, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a directive requiring Enbridge to take additional steps to clean up the July 2010 oil spill that damaged over 35 miles of the Kalamazoo River system. The directive requires Enbridge to submit plans by Oct. 20, 2011 for cleanup and monitoring work expected to last through 2012. Failure to comply could result in civil penalties.

Enbridge has been a Global Compact participant since 2003/12/16.

Read more on the U.S. EPA official press release

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

DHL Global Sued by EEOC for Harassment and Intimidation of Hispanic Workers, Retaliation

On October 3rd 2011, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced it has filed suit against DHL Global Forwarding, a subsidiary of Global Compact participant Deutsche Post DHL for subjecting a class of Hispanic employees to national origin discrimination. The EEOC’s suit also alleges that DHL Global unlawfully retaliated against a non-Hispanic employee by firing him for reporting the treatment of Hispanic employees.

More on the U.S. EEOC website:
DHL Global Sued by EEOC for Harassment and Intimidation of Hispanic Workers, Retaliation

Monday, October 3, 2011

Shell accused of exacerbating violence in Nigeria by paying rival militants

'Platform' a coalition of non-government organisations investigates Shell's alleged payments to rival militants gangs in Nigeria. 

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