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For Immediate Release: October 7th, 2001
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Kenny Bruno, CorpWatch, (718) 832-5434
1310Joshua Karliner, CorpWatch, (415) 561-6568


Unilever Violates Global Compact

CorpWatch Releases Fifth in a Series of Exposés

Today CorpWatch is releasing the fifth in a series of articles written by members of the Alliance for a Corporate-Free UN documenting violations of UN Global Compact Principles by the very companies that have signed onto the controversial UN Compact.

The fifth in our series of articles on Global Compact companies examines Unilever's response when caught dumping toxic mercury waste from a thermometer factory in Southern India earlier this year. The Anglo-Dutch company recently closed the factory. Community members, however, allege that the multinational has downplayed the dangers of mercury and misled the public in an attempt to cover up the truth. Indian journalist Nityanand Jayaraman reports for CorpWatch.

The article can be found at http://www.corpwatch.org

The first three articles in our series discussed violations of specific Global Compact Principles by Aventis, Nike and Rio Tinto, three endorses of the Global Compact.