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Business and human rights – Debate: Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights – Do the Voluntary Principles safeguard human rights?

EC Newsdesk, (Jun 2, 2008)

No, says Arvind Ganesan, director of business and human rights at Human Rights Watch Yes, says Alexandra Guaqueta, public affairs advisor at Colombia’s Cerrejon Coal

Business and human rights: Ruggie report – Ignore human rights at your peril

Peter Davis Politics Editor, (Jun 2, 2008)

John Ruggie’s third report to the UN argues that although companies do not have the same human rights responsibilities as states, they should cover themselves from accusations of complicity in abuses

Business and human rights: Ruggie report – Finally, let the real work begin

Sir Geoffrey Chandler, (Jun 2, 2008)

John Ruggie’s final report to the UN offers a springboard for all parties with an interest in raising business standards on human rights, says Geoffrey Chandler

Yahoo in China – Censor turned freedom fighter

Peter Davis Politics Editor, (May 27, 2008)

Yahoo is lobbying for better human rights in China after being accused of helping the Communist authorities catch dissidents

Southern Africa healthcare – Reaching parts other brands ignore

Tobias Webb, (May 22, 2008)

Brewing giant Heineken is grappling with how it can widen its approach to disease in Africa

Essay: Post-conflict development – Successful companies learn from wider debates

Peter Davis Politics Editor, (May 13, 2008)

What can companies do to ease transition in post-conflict zones?

Olympics 2008: Beijing games – Sponsors enter rings of fire

Rajesh Chhabara, (May 8, 2008)

The dream of sponsors of the Beijing Olympics to reach out to a billion Chinese consumers is turning into a public relations nightmare

China Olympics – Slow and steady wins human rights race

EC Newsdesk, (May 2, 2008)

Campaigners want big brands to speak out about human rights in China. Companies would be better lobbying their own governments to do so for them

Localisation – Global giants look local

EC Newsdesk, (Apr 14, 2008)

For big companies, the latest sustainability challenge is to retain the benefits of size while developing the advantages of small local enterprises, argue Andy Savitz and Melissa Tritter

Central and Eastern Europe: Poland – Business’s head-start on trust

EC Newsdesk, (Apr 10, 2008)

Iwona Kuraszko considers the state of corporate ethics in Poland

Central and Eastern Europe: Russia – Springtime for responsible business

Peter Davis Politics Editor, (Apr 10, 2008)

Russian business is taking steps to recover its reputation after the disastrous post-Soviet privatisations of the early 1990s

Diversity – Why boards don’t get women

Nick Jones, (Apr 10, 2008)

European firms say they treat men and women exactly the same, but that is precisely the problem, say the authors of a new book about women at work

Social innovation: Good for you, good for me

John Russell, Managing Editor (former), (Apr 9, 2008)

Big firms are joining the queue to follow in Muhammad Yunus’s footsteps by developing businesses designed to fix social ills

Special report: Cotton – Supply chains – Corporate action on Uzbeki white gold

Tobias Webb, (Mar 6, 2008)

Recent promises from retailers to ban cotton from Uzbekistan, because of concerns about forced child labour, raise deep questions about the wider role of business

Electronics giants must take responsibility

Ian Welsh - Editor, (Feb 19, 2008)

Esther de Haan and Tim Steinweg, from Netherlands-based NGO SOMO, take issue with the story published in February about IT companies and metal extraction in Africa

Essay: Business and human rights – A personal account from the front line

EC Newsdesk, (Feb 11, 2008)

Sir Geoffrey Chandler charts the rise of the business and human rights movement over the past two decades

Tony Parsons, China and CSR

Paul French, (Feb 11, 2008)

Question: what’s the link between ex-NME writer, tabloid columnist and best selling novelist of North London angst Tony Parsons and CSR in China?

GM and climate change – A hungry world needs answers on GM crops

EC Newsdesk, (Feb 7, 2008)

Genetically modified food has a role to play in addressing the impending climate-related food crisis

China: Cutting down on plastic

Paul French, (Jan 10, 2008)

The easy availability of plastic bags in China has become an issuing of growing environmental concern, now the Chinese have decided to act

Textiles – Time for ethical sourcing Mk II

Tobias Webb, (Jan 8, 2008)

Neil Kearney, general secretary of the International Textile, Garment and Leather Workers’ Federation, has little time for CSR consultants and thinks NGOs have got the wrong end of the ethical sourcing stick