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South Africa: Business Role is Greeted with Some Suspicion
by Vanessa HoulderFinancial Times
August 23rd, 2002
Battle lines are being drawn up as delegates gather for the summit. For some governments, it is an opportunity to promote the role of business in sustainable development. But many campaigners have the opposite goal: to stem the tide of corporate influence over social and environmental policy.

Greenwash Academy Awards Announced at Earth Summit
by CorpWatch
August 23rd, 2002
Oil majors Shell, BP and ExxonMobil dominated todays World Summit Greenwash Academy Awards, beating Biotech giants Monsanto, Novartis and Aventis in a glittering award ceremony in Johannesburg. Local South African underdog Sasol edged out Eskom for Best Picture.

South Africa: Working the Web--Johannesburg Summit
by Felicity CarusThe Guardian
August 22nd, 2002
108 heads of state from 172 countries were busy saving the planet at the earth summit Rio. It is difficult to say how the earth summit has improved the environment and helped those most in need. But it is much easier to say that in 1992, the web was a toddler in contrast to the speeding giant of mass communications it now is, giving a voice to all who can get online.

Earth Summit Day of Action on Bhopal!
CorpWatch India
August 22nd, 2002
The U.S. multinational Dow Chemical Company -- the new owner of Union Carbide of Bhopal notoriety -- is in Johannesburg to talk sustainable development. Also, in Johannesburg are representatives and supporters of the victims of Union Carbide's gas disaster in Bhopal. Since July 17, 2002, survivors of the world's worst industrial disaster and their supporters have been on a worldwide relay hunger strike. More than 700 people have fasted till date to protest against Dow-Carbide's refusal to acknowledge the pending liabilities in Bhopal, and against the Indian Government's betrayal of the victims merely to protect the interests of the U.S. multinational.

Oil Majors, Biotech Giants Lead Greenwash Academy Award Nominees
by CorpWatch
August 21st, 2002
On the eve of the 2002 World Summit Greenwash Academy Awards, carbon kingpins Shell, BP and ChevronTexaco, along with leading purveyors of Frankenfoods, Monsanto, Novartis and Aventis are vying for some of the glittering event's most prestigious awards. Local favorites Eskom and Sasol should not be counted out, however, according to insiders from the Academy.

Marching to Johannesburg
by Kenny Bruno and Joshua KarlinerCorpWatch
August 21st, 2002
On the eve of the Johannesburg Earth Summit we look at corporate responsibility vs. accountability. From the new book EarthSummit.biz.

USA: Bush Turns His Back on Earth Summit
Environment News Service
August 19th, 2002
Secretary of State Colin Powell will lead the American delegation to the World Summit on Sustainable Development, to be held in Johannesburg, South Africa from August 26 through September 4. President George W. Bush made the announcement late today, giving no explanation as to why he will not be attending the summit to join 106 other world leaders on the speaker's podium.

Corporate 'Greenwash' Academy Awards
groundWork, Friends of the Earth International, CorpWatch et al.
August 19th, 2002
Trans-national corporations perpetrating human rights and environmental abuses will answer for their actions - wherever they are. Politicians that ignore or enable these abuses will be exposed.

USA: Oil Lobby Urges Bush to Keep Climate Change Off the Table at Earth Summit
by Anthony BrowneTimes of London
August 16th, 2002
Conservative lobbyists in the US funded by Esso have urged President Bush to derail the Earth summit in Johannesburg because it is anti-freedom, anti-people, anti-globalization and anti-Western.

Soweto Stories
by Brian AsheEarthLife Africa eThekwini
August 16th, 2002
Some residents of Soweto, a township outside Johannesburg, have expressed anger at being sent bills by Eskom even though they either do not have electricity or their supply has long been cut off. Here's what they say.

Eskom's African Privatisation Footprint 2000-2002
by Brian AsheEarthLife Africa eThekwini
August 16th, 2002
Eskom, through Eskom Enterprises, currently has a presence in almost 30 countries on the continent.

ESKOM: Corporate Powerhouse or Green Company?
by Brian AsheEarthLife Africa eThekwini
August 16th, 2002
South Africa's giant electric company is a major polluter and leads the way in utility privatization. It also wants us to believe that it is a leader in sustainable development.

Shell Games at the Earth Summit
by Kenny Bruno and Joshua KarlinerCorpWatch
August 15th, 2002
In the decade between the Rio and Johannesburg Earth Summit's, Royal Dutch Shell touted green and human rights rhetoric while grossly violating those rights. Excerpted from EarthSummit.biz.

UN: Health Activists Ask UNICEF to Dump McDonald's
by Jim LobeOneWorld US
August 1st, 2002
An international coalition of public-health professionals and activists has asked the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) to stop "lending its good name and endorsement to McDonald's" and cancel its participation with the fast-food giant in 'World Children's Day' on November 20.

From Rio to Johannesburg: The Globalization Decade
by Kenny Bruno and Joshua KarlinerCorpWatch and Food First Books
July 24th, 2002
An overview of the political, environmental and economic context in the 10 years between the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio and the upcoming Summit in Johannesburg. Excerpted from the book ''Earth Summit.biz''

Why Bayer's Corporate Image May Need a Face Lift
Coalition Against Bayer Dangers
July 19th, 2002
In Bayer and the Global Compact, Phillipp Mimkes of the Coalition Against Bayer Dangers looks at Bayer's corporate history and why it may be at odds with the Compact, a partnership between the UN and big business. Here, Mimkes offers a few more reasons.

Bayer and the UN Global Compact
by Philipp MimkesCoalition Against Bayer Dangers
July 19th, 2002
Bayer doesn't just make aspirin--it's a major producer of chemicals and drugs with a dubious corporate record. So how did it get into a partnership with the UN? A German activist tells how and why.

USA: Corporate Responsibility vs. Accountability
by Joshua Karliner and Kenny BrunoInternational Herald Tribune
July 10th, 2002
The world has moved backward on environment and development since Rio. Governments surely bear primary responsibility for this failure. However, global corporations are at the root of many of the most intractable problems and have hamstrung governments preparing for Earth Summit II in Johannesburg, South Africa.

World: Business Role Crucial at Global Summit, Leader Says
by Jodie GinsbergReuters
July 5th, 2002
Big business, whose lust for profit is seen as anathema to sustainable development, must contribute to next month's global summit on poverty and the environment, the man leading corporate interests there said.

World: Leaders Won't Commit to Earth Summit
by Dennis BueckertCanadian Press
June 28th, 2002
OTTAWA -- Protecting the planet for future generations just doesn't cut it any more, judging from the guest list for Earth Summit 2, the worldwide environmental pow-wow set for Johannesburg in August. The World Summit on Sustainable Development -- its official name -- is supposed to refocus international attention on the cause of sustainable development -- but it could be a summit in name only.

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