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Corporate obligation to protect human rights

09/12/2008 – 11:23 am | 4 Comments

British retailers (Primark, Asda, Tesco) have been yet again accused of violating fundamental human rights standards. The NGO War on Want has recently published comprehensive report ‘Fashion II‘ on labour rights standards in garment industry in Bangladesh. The report alleges that ‘workers producing clothes for Primark face growing poverty on as little as 7p an hour for up to 80-hour weeks.’ The report further notes …

Human Rights and Business: Global Witness v. Afrimex (UK) Ltd.

08/10/2008 – 11:00 am | Comments Off on Human Rights and Business: Global Witness v. Afrimex (UK) Ltd.

UK National Contact Point under the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises delivered in late August an important decision in Global Witness v. Afrimex (UK) Ltd.  Global Witness alleged that Afrimex paid taxes to rebel forces in the Democratic Republic of Congo and employed insufficient due diligence on the supply chain, sourcing minerals from mines that use child and forced labour. It further maintained that Afrimiex …