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For Immediate Release: October 18th, 2001
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Kenny Bruno, CorpWatch, (718) 832-5434
1310Joshua Karliner, CorpWatch, (415) 561-6568


Norsk Hydro: Global Compact Violator

CorpWatch Releases Sixth in a Series of Exposés

Today CorpWatch is releasing the sixth 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.

In the sixth article in our series on Global Compact companies, Indian journalist Nityanand Jayaraman looks at the Oslo-based corporation Norsk Hydro, a partner in the Utkal bauxite mine and alumina smelter in Orissa State. He provides evidence that the corporation has violated human rights Principles 1 and 2 of the UN Compact. Nor has the company withdrawn plans for a project that would violate Principle 9 which promotes eco-friendly practices. While the company has put the project on hold for the moment, officials indicate that violations of these principles could resume at any time.

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.