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China visas, ethics and Christmas: If you can't get in, you can't audit and order

Paul French, (Jul 3, 2008)

China is cracking down on visas for foreigners due to the forthcoming Olympics. But the stricter regime has unintended consequences for quality and ethics audits in Chinese suppliers

Green fears threaten development

EC Newsdesk, (Jul 1, 2008)

Rich country concerns about “food miles” continue to undermine economic development in Africa, argues Karen Ellis

Business school bulletin – June 2008

Oliver Balch, (Jun 16, 2008)

The Peruvian resource curse, Confucius on business ethics and why some forms of discrimination are more acceptable than others

Essay: Governance and institutions – Big brands’ capacity-building success

Tobias Webb, (Jun 16, 2008)

Frustrated with the limitations of traditional corporate responsibility, a handful of companies around the world are working to help develop vital institutions

Novo Nordisk – A healthy long-term vision

John Russell, Managing Editor (former), (Jun 11, 2008)

Novo Nordisk, the Danish diabetes treatments specialist, has set itself ambitious targets – both in cutting its environmental footprint and doing itself out of a job

TNT – Delivering relief for the hungry

EC Newsdesk, (Jun 11, 2008)

TNT is working with the United Nations World Food Programme to tackle the rising challenge of world hunger

Response by John Ruggie to Ethical Corporation Magazine

EC Newsdesk, (Jun 10, 2008)

The following statement by John Ruggie, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on Business & Human rights, is in response to the June 2008 Special Report in Ethical Corporation, ‘Business and human rights: Ruggie report – Ignore human rights at your peril’.

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

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

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