Sunday, April 28, 2013
A cement manufacturer in Lyons has agreed to pay a $1 million fine and to install new technology to decrease its emissions of the pollutant nitrogen oxide. CEMEX, Inc. had been accused by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency of illegally modifying its Lyons plant in a way that greatly increased the amount of nitrogen oxide the facility released. More on KOAA.com. More from the EPA website. Cemex has been a Global Compact participant since June 2004. Cemex(CEMEXCPO),CX,(CX:New York) was a Silver Contributor (5000-10000 USD) to the Global Compact Foundation in 2011 and 2010.
Thursday, April 25, 2013
The U.S. government sued Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp. Tuesday, claiming it gave kickbacks to pharmacies to switch kidney transplant patients from competitors’ drugs to its own. More on the Washington Post. Novartis International AG (NOVN:SIX Swiss Ex)(NVS:New York) is a Global Compact participant and "Founding Father" since 2000/07/26. Novartis was a LEAD contributor (USD $65,000 +) to the Foundation of the Global Compact in 2012, and USD 10,000 contributor in 2010.
Sunday, April 14, 2013
According to Argentinian investigators, workers at factories which produce garments for fashion retailer Zara have been discovered in “degrading” sweatshop conditions. The workers — including children — were allegedly made to work 13-hour shifts, were not allowed to leave without permission, and were forced to work without breaks. More on Smartplanet. Zara is part of Spanish group Inditex, Industrias de Diseno Textil, S.A.,(ITX:Continuous), (ITX:SM), (ES:ITX) a Global Compact participant since 2001/09/19. Inditex was a Silver contributor to the Global Compact Foundation in 2012.
At the Forum on Union Rights and Organising in Istanbul, UNI Global Union and its affiliate Koop-Is described how IKEA Turkey is deliberately discriminating against unionised employees and actively discouraging workers from forming a union, using tactics including bribery and intimidation. More on Uni Global Union website. The IKEA Group is a Global Compact participant since 2004/12/27. IKEA was a Gold contributor to the Foundation for the Global Compact in 2010 and 2009.
Global unions, including UNI, call for Deutsche Post DHL to stop union busting in Turkey after Courts rule workers’ dismissals unfair and linked to union activity. More on UNI Global Union website. Deutsche Post DHL (DPW:Xetra)(DPW:GR) is a Global Compact participant since 2006/07/20. It contributed as a Platinum member in 2011 (USD 10,000 +), and to USD 5,000 - USD 10,000 to the Foundation for the Global Compact in 2009.
The Federal Reserve on Tuesday cited Citigroup Inc. (US:c) for failing to comply with a federal law that requires banks to establish protections against money-laundering but didn't impose a fine. More on Market Watch. Citi Group is a Global Compact participant since 2010/03/24. Citi Group was a Gold Contributor to the Foundation for the Global Compact in 2012, 2011 and 2010.
A French court has found Air France guilty of discrimination for removing a pro-Palestinian activist from a flight to Israel because she was not Jewish. The court also ordered the airline to pay 13,000 euros (£11,000; $17,000) in fines and damages. More on BBC. Air France (AF:EN Paris)(AF:EN Paris) (AF.PA) is a Global Compact participant since 2003/06/03.
Lawyers representing gold miners suffering from the deadly lung disease silicosis said on Thursday they had filed a class action lawsuit application against the South African arm of global mining giant Anglo American. More on Reuters. Also read previous post. Anglo American is a Global Compact participant since 2004/07/27. Anglo American plc was a 2010 Gold Contributor of the Foundation for the Global Compact.
Former Army Soldier Indicted on Bribery and Related Charges for Facilitating Thefts of Fuel in Afghanistan
Stephanie Charboneau, aka Stephanie Shankel, 34, of Fountain, Colo., formerly a Specialist in the United States Army, has been indicted in the District of Colorado for her alleged role in assisting the thefts of fuel in Afghanistan and laundering the proceeds of crime.(...) The indictment alleges that Charboneau conspired with Sergeant Christopher Weaver, her supervisor, and Jonathan Hightower, a civilian employee of FLUOR Inc., to facilitate the theft of fuel for money. More on the DOJ website. Fluor Corp. (NYSE: FLR)(FLR:New York), is a Global Compact participant since 2010/03/10. The company was a Gold participant of the Global Compact Foundation in 2011 and 2010. Fluor also signed the CEO Letter on UN Convention against Corruption in 2009.
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Dutch electronics giant Koninklijke Philips Electronics NV (PHG, PHIA.AE) agreed to pay U.S. regulators $4.5 million to resolve allegations of foreign bribery, a spokeswoman said. Read more: on Fox Business. Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V. is a Global Compact participant since 2007/03/06. Philips Electronics (PHIA:EN Amsterdam), (PHG) was a Gold Contributor to the Foundation for the Global Compact in 2012, 2011.