Human Rights Guidance Tool for the Financial Sector
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Case Studies by Sector

Agriculture and fisheries

July 2014, Thailand: The world's biggest shrimp farmer hosted a meeting with international supermarket chains and NGOs to address the problem of forced labour and trafficking in the supply chain. More...

May 2011, Ghana: Police working with Interpol carried out an operation in the Lake Volta area to rescue children who were believed to have been trafficked to the area to work in the fishing industry. More...

Chemicals and Pharmaceuticals

August 2014, China: A major IT manufacture has banned two hazardous chemicals from its supply chain. One (benzene) is carcinogenic and the other (n-hexane) can cause nerve damage. More...

April 2011, USA: The Environmental Protection Agency has proposed that manufacturers of PVC plastics should be required to reduce their emissions of vinyl chloride, dioxins and hydrogen chloride. More...

Forestry

July 2014, Peru: Indigenous peoples' organisations are planning a formal complaint against a regional development bank for violating their rights and for failing to reduce deforestation. More...

April 2014: The Banking Environment Initiative (BEI) & the Consumer Goods Forum (CGF)'s set up a Soft Commodities Compact in 2010. There are now eight banks signed up to the compact. The aim is to mobilise resources More...

December 2009, Malaysia: Five indigenous communities in Borneo are suing the Sarawak state government, demanding land titles for an area of 80,000 hectares, the nullification of unlawfully issued timber More...

General Manufacturing

August 2014, Bangladesh: The NGO Human Rights Now believes that exploitation of workers is continuing in garment factories. They say that initiatives focus only on improving the safety of factories and not on the rights of the workers. More...

November 2010, UK: An undercover television reporter, who worked for three months in workshops in Leicester stitching clothing for high street chains, found dirty and dangerous conditions. More...

Infrastructure

August 2014, Myanmar/Burma: The Japanese International Co-operation Agency has issued a proposal for infrastructure development in Karen and Mon states, areas badly damaged by civil war with many refugee communities. More...

May 2011, China: The Shenzhen government is under pressure to ensure that the infrastructure for the University Games in August, the biggest sporting event in the city's history, is finished on time. More...

Mining and metals

August 2014, South Africa: An appeal has been lodged against a government decision to allow development of one of the world's largest platinum mines in Limpopo Province. More...

May 2011, Democratic Republic of Congo: As the USA brings in rules aiming to prevent armed groups from profiting from the sale of tin ore, tungsten, gold and coltan, the DRC government plans to validate mines that are free of child labour More...

Oil and Gas

September 2014, Azerbaijan: The UN Council for Human Rights has called on the government to make the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan Republic accountable to parliament. SOCAR will supply gas to much of Europe, More...

May 2011, Peru: Indigenous peoples claim that oil and gas exploration in the area would destroy their way of life and introduce diseases to the isolated communities. The Peruvian government has identified significant oil reserves in the region, More...

Power Generation

February 2014, USA: Millions of gallons of coal ash sludge from a closed power plant spilled into a river in North Carolina. The river provides drinking water to communities in North Carolina and Virginia. More...

May 2011, China: The government has promised to improve disaster prevention mechanisms around the Three Gorges Dam project, as severe drought in central and southern China threatens millions of people. More...

Services

September 2014, UK: The Equality and Human Rights Commission has suggested that employers in the commercial cleaning sector are not meeting basic responsibilities to their workers. More...

May 2011, China: A four-day strike by truck drivers angry at higher costs reducing their earnings may have lasted longer because of the lack of a trade union More...

Utilities and waste management

April 2014, Bangladesh: Four people were killed and three others were injured when a gas cylinder exploded at a ship-breaking yard in Chittagong. The workers were dismantling a scrap ship. More...

March 2011, India: A radiation scare at a scrap market in Mayapuri, Delhi in which five people were injured was due to disposal of Cobalt-60. Greenpeace said that India needs to put in place standards More...

 

December 2014     United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative