Pesticide Action Network Updates Service (PANUPS)
Resource Pointer #276
For copies of the following resources, please contact the appropriate publishers or organizations directly.
*Greenwash + 10: The UN’s Global Compact, Corporate Accountability and the Johannesburg Earth Summit* 2002. Kenny Bruno, Corp Watch/Tides Center. Critiques role and nature of corporate involvement in the UN Global Compact (a partnership between the UN and corporations). Highlights importance of the Global Compact in shaping the upcoming 2002 Johannesburg Summit on Sustainable Development (held ten years after the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro). Outlines secrecy surrounding and lack of accountability written into the Global Compact. Marks violations of the Global Compact by Aventis, Nike, Unilever and more. Charges several companies with “greenwashing” (presenting a false image of being “environmentally responsible”) and “bluewashing” (presenting a false image of being “UN-friendly” and “humanitarian”). 15 pages. Read and download free at http://www.corpwatch.org/campaigns/PCD.jsp?articleid=1348. Contact Corp Watch, PO Box 29344, San Francisco, CA 94129; phone 415-561-6568; fax 415-561-6493; email firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site http://www.corpwatch.org/.
*Golden Leaf, Barren Harvest: The Costs of Tobacco Farming* 2001. Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids. Documents cigarette companies’ encouragement of rapid growth of tobacco production in developing nations. Argues that resultant tobacco over-production has had serious effects on local environments and economies. Effects include chronic indebtedness of farmers to money lenders (including the tobacco companies), deforestation, loss of food-producing farmland, and an increase in pesticide-related health problems. 40 pages. Download free at http://tobaccofreekids.org/campaign/global/. Contact The Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids, 1400 I Street, NW, Suite 1200, Washington, DC 20005; phone (202) 296-5469; fax (202) 296-5427; email email@example.com; Web site http://www.tobaccofreekids.org.
*The Ethical Governance of Investment Network (INVnet)* Biweekly email bulletin. International Sustainable and Ethical Investment project, Nautilus Institute. Covers emerging ethical issues in international, regional and bilateral investment. Contains news and analyses on the intersections of investment governance and the environment, human rights, labor, social and economic justice, and transparency. Free subscription at http://www.nautilus.org/archives/ggnet/index.html. Contact Nautilus Institute, 125 University Ave., Berkeley, CA 94710-1616; phone (510) 295-6116; fax (510) 295-6130; email InvestmentRules@nautilus.org; Web site http://www.nautilus.org/papers/enviro.html#ethical.
*Beyond Voluntarism: Human Rights and the Developing International Legal Obligations of Companies* 2002. International Council on Human Rights. Report describes how international law affects companies’ legal obligations with respect to human rights. Argues that voluntary initiatives by companies should be backed by legal accountability, human rights obligations should be extended from states to companies, and states must maintain an active role in keeping corporations accountable. Examines scope of existing rules, methods of enforcing rules and projects the emergence of new rules. Examines the legal accountability of corporations that comply with political authorities that commit human rights violations. 177 pages. Also available in French and Spanish. About US$24.00. Download free at http://www.ichrp.org/cgi-bin/show?what=project&id=107. Contact the International Council on Human Rights, 48, chemin du Grand-Montfleury, PO Box 147, 1290 Versoix, Switzerland; phone (44-22) 775-3300; fax (41-22) 775-3303; email firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site http://www.ichrp.org.
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