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"Older and Wiser" Exxon Listens to the Locals (November 8, 2002)

The vice president in health, safety and environment of Exxon says that the company will work more with NGOs to address local concerns, but also claims that "the attitude of critical groups would not stop it" from investing in economically sound projects. (Reuters)

Industry, NGOs Face-Off on GM Mustard, Cotton (November 7, 2002)

NGOs argue that India's Genetic Engineering Approval Committee should reject ProAgra's request to commercialize genetically modified mustard, citing environmental and health concerns. The company, on the other hand, claims the GM mustard poses few risks. (Economic Times (India))

Who's Minding the Store? Global Civil Society and Corporate Responsibility (October 7, 2002)

Thanks to the hard work of civil society organizations (CSOs), corporations have begun to adopt some socially responsible procedures. This chapter of the Global Civil Society 2002 looks at the historical foundations, current strategies, and limitations of CSOs' work in promoting corporate social responsibility. (London School of Economics and Political Sciences)

Villagers Hold Up a Sh235 Million Mining Project (September 5, 2002)

Kenyan villagers, working with the Northern NGO Forum, have halted a mining project for six months, demanding a share in the profits. (Nation)

Corporate Giants Join Greens in Attack on US Over Environment (August 29, 2002)

Environmental NGOs unite with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, a corporate lobby group comprised of 163 multinational corporations, at the Earth Summit to criticize the US for "ditching the Kyoto Protocol." (Agence France Presse)

Tourism, NGOs Divided on Poverty (August 26, 2002)

Though dependent upon a pristine environment and natural resources, tourism often results in rapid expansion that "damages the very assets it seeks to exploit." The NGO Tourism Concern, among others, hopes to see real changes to make the tourism industry sustainable. (Bangkok Post)

Green Accounting Pays (August 6, 2002)

NGOs must be part of the effort to persuade businesses in Malaysia to be transparent about the social and environmental impact of their activities. "Businesses need to be accountable for their actions and society deserves to know rightfully what is happening in their backyard." (New Straits Times )

Business and NGOs Must Seize the Day (July 29, 2002)

A recent South African research report suggests that it is time for the nonprofit and business sectors to "seek cooperation in the interests of sustainable development and business growth." (allAfrica)

NGO Will Help Businesses Promote Social Causes (July 21, 2002)

AnNGO plans on bringing together a network of businesses trying to promote corporate social responsibility. The plan includes a number of activities such as corporate volunteering and addressing key social issues. (Daily Star, Lebanon)

New Initiative to Combat Child Slave Labor in Cocoa Fields Hailed (July 4, 2002)

The International Cocoa Initiative, "is being hailed as a new landmark in pressuring big corporations to take responsibility for social and working conditions in impoverished countries where they buy their primary commodities." The Initiative fights child and slave labor in West African cocoa fields. (One World)

AIDS Activists Criticize Coca-Cola in New York Gay Pride Parade (July 1, 2002)

ACT UP, dedicated to exposing Coca-Cola's practices in South Africa, chose New York City's Gay Pride Parade to expose the corporation's inhumane and corrupt behavior. The organization reports it "chose Pride to reach out to a community still reeling from AIDS among its ranks."

Waves of AIDS Activists Crash Global Business Council Gala (June 12, 2002)

Protesters mainly targeted Coca Cola, "the largest sole private sector employer in Africa," that refuses "to pay for HIV treatment for workers." "How can Coke make so much profit from the labor of HIV positive employees but refuse to pay for AIDS medicines?" asks one activist. (Common Dreams)

NGOs Are Catching Up with Business in Approval Poll (February 11, 2002)

A survey performed by Edelman PR Worldwide shows that Americans' faith in NGOs has increased "by 5 percentage points to 41%." (PR Week)



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The View from the South on the Tobin Tax (February, 2001)

The debate over the Tobin Tax still excludes the view points of developing countries. Civil Society must encourage all actors of the International Financial System to participate in order for the Tax to succeed. (ATTAC)

Trade Unions and NGOs: A Necessary Partnership For Social Development (January, 2001)

NGOs and Trade Unions are both members of civil society, with overlapping social goals including human rights, development, and environmental protection. Co-operation between these groups can create powerful coalitions, important in a world characterized by trans-national corporations and a global labor market. (Transnational Associations)



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Advocates Take Ground in a Globalized Era (December 18, 2000)

NGOs want TNCs to operate more responsibly; TNCs want to make more cash. Is there a way to satisfy both sides ? An article from the New York Times gives answers.

How Corporations Absolve Their Sins (August 28, 2000)

According to the Guardian, a growing number of TNCs are seeking partnerships with NGOs on specific issues. Are these really producing results, or do they just represent a fig leaf for the companies' bad governance?


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Business and NGOs in the Global Partnership Process (September 1998)
Dr. David F. Murphy, at the New Academy of Business acknowleges NGOs and business as major players in the global partnership process to promote international development.



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