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19 July 2006
InBev accused of violating the guiding principles of OECD for global companies
The international Union of food, agriculture, hotel, restaurant and tobacco workers, and the related branches (IUF-UITA) has filed a complaint against the brewer at the OECD office in Belgium (where the company is registered). The IUF says InBev violates workers’rights, especially trade-union freedom. (Ref. 06736)
12 July 2006
Belgium: Wallonie equips itself with a resources centre on the CSR
Whereas Flanders is already equipped with a similar tool, Wallonie has just opened a resources centre on the RSE over the Internet. Accessible to both Small and Large-size enterprises, the site centralises useful information and business experiences. (Ref. 06717)
3 July 2006
Denmark: the employees of Dansk Supermarked want a real CSR policy
After the outcry caused by the broadcasting of a documentary on the working conditions within the chain’s Indian suppliers, the employees of the supermarket group Dansk Supermarked are asking the management to react and to really apply the principles of CSR. (Ref. 06677)
5 June 2006
Zara: a case of child work revives the question of the respect of good behavior codes
Following the report published by the Portuguese weekly magazine, Expresso, on children in the north of Portugal who apparently work for one of the suppliers of the Inditex group, owner of Zara, Inditex’s management announced, last 2 June, that it had found no “sign of infantile exploitation at its Portuguese suppliers”. But Inditex promised to pay more attention to the respect of good behavior codes, which notably prohibit the recourse to child work, in collaboration with the Portuguese Ministry...
9 May 2006
Nestle: the European work’s council challenges management on one of its suppliers
After the intervention of the European work’s council of Unilever last April (see enclosure), the European work’s council of Nestle, wrote to management in order to express concern over the possible presence of Musim Mas palm oil and oleochemicals in Nestle products . This action was supported by European and international trade-union federations of the agro-alimentary sector. (Réf. 06453)
13 April 2006
Communication on CSR: interview of Anne Peeters
Following the communication of the European Commission on corporate social responsibility (see our article n°06247), Anne Peeters, deputy administrator of Cedac, an association for research on CSR and employment, in Brussels, gives e-europnews some elements in order to understand this document. (Réf. 06363)
15 March 2006
The Commission wants a «European alliance for a competitive and sustainable enterprise»
The European Commission should make public, next March 22, its communication on corporate social responsability (CSR). This document takes a new direction if we compare it to the previous ones. In this communication, the Commission seems to give-up up the pluri-actors approach. The CSR appear to be, more than ever, the companies’ business. (Ref. 06247)