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Johannesburg 2002: Summit or Sabotage?
International Media Advocacy Project
April 11th, 2002
UNITED NATIONS -- Leaders of international environment and development NGO coalitions today challenged governments' indecision in failing to protect the political accomplishments of the 1992 Earth Summit. And they attacked several Northern governments for attempting to undermine the carefully-structured consensus of Rio.

MEXICO: UN Summit Protesters Hit the Streets
by Julie WatsonWashington Post
March 19th, 2002
Even as world leaders kicked off discussions on how to alleviate poverty a theme anti-globalization activists have pushed for years a motley crew of corn farmers, masked students and rebel supporters took to the streets denouncing the gathering as more of the same.

CorpWatch Disputes UN Official's February 14 Letter
CorpWatch
March 7th, 2002
In a January 29 letter the Alliance for a Corporate-Free UN documented several human rights violations and environmental abuses by companies signed on to the UN's Global Compact. Corporations that join the compact are supposed to voluntarily adhere to a series of human right and environmental principles. Instead of addressing the charges of rights violations, UN officials accused CorpWatch and the Alliance of being ''misinformed.'' In the correspondence, CorpWatch disputes the Global Compact Office's assertions point by point.

The Alliance for a Corporate-Free UN Calls For Response to Human Rights Issues
Alliance for a Corporate-Free UN
March 5th, 2002
The Alliance for a Corporate-Free UN has raised questions about the partnerships between the United Nations and transnational corporations under the Global Compact since it was launched in the summer of 2000. Alliance members feel that the Global Compact Office has skirted the questions raised by numerous human rights and environmental abuses by companies which have signed onto the Compact.

UN: Swedish Businessman Loses Job
by Edith M. LedererAssociated Press
March 1st, 2002
A Swedish businessman, whose multimillion-dollar pension came under fire, has lost his job as a spokesman for a U.N. program promoting ethical business practices

Sweden: Lindahl Forced to Leave UN
by Lennart PehrsonDagens Nyheter (Daily News, Stockholm)
February 27th, 2002
The former chief executive officer of ABB, Goran Lindahl, will not be allowed to continue his prestigious post as special advisor to UN Secretary General Kofi Annan. Lindahl was pressured to resign after a pension scandal at ABB.

CorpWatch Supports Removal of Goran Lindahl from UN Global Compact Post
by CorpWatch
February 27th, 2002
CorpWatch declared its support today for Secretary General Kofi Annan's decision not to renew a UN contract for scandal-ridden Swedish business leader Goran Lindahl. Mr. Lindahl, who was Mr. Annan's special advisor for the UN Global Compact, has been the subject of a pension scandal at Asea Brown and Boveri (ABB), where he was CEO until last year.

UN Response to the Alliance for a Corporate-Free UN
United Nations Global Compact Office
February 21st, 2002
The official UN Global Compact Office's response to the Alliance for a Corporate-Free UN's letter of January 29, 2002 is posted here. It is important to note two salient points: First, the "response" does not address the key issues raised in the international Alliance's letter, but rather changes the subject and focuses on criticizing CorpWatch staff and supposed ''inaccuracies'' in CorpWatch's recent ''Greenwash +10'' report. Second, the letter itself inaccurately portrays the positions and critiques contained in the CorpWatch report, labeling the Alliance's ongoing disagreement with the Global Compact's approach as a ''misunderstanding,'' and the wrong view.

USA: Huge Tremors at Swiss Giant ABB
by Stanley ReedBusiness Week
February 15th, 2002
The latest victim of Enronitis may be ABB, the Zurich-based engineering giant whose founder and former CEO Percy Barnevik was once considered to be the Jack Welch of Europe. Beset by several quarters of disappointing performance, problems seem to be piling up at ABB amid investor fears of unrevealed woes at a company that had prided itself on using U.S.-style multinationalism and savage cost-cutting to become a model European business.

USA: Global Compact--NGOs, Business Differ Over Initiative's Future
by Joe FiorillUN Wire
January 31st, 2002
As global business and political players gather today in New York for the opening of the World Economic Forum, differences are beginning to emerge among nongovernmental organizations, multinational corporations and the United Nations over the future shape of the U.N. Global Compact and its role in regulating corporate behavior worldwide.

Alliance for a Corporate-Free UN Sends Letter to Kofi Annan Calling for Major Changes to Global Compact
by CorpWatch
January 29th, 2002
Members of the Alliance for a Corporate-Free UN, a grouping of non-governmental groups from around the world, send letter to UN Secretary General Kofi Annan outlining major proposed changes to the Global Compact.

Letter to Kofi Annan Recommending Redesign of Global Compact
Alliance for a Corporate-Free UN
January 29th, 2002
Alliance for Corporate-Free UN writes letter to Kofi Annan about the Global Compact saying that the Compact as currently designed has serious flaws that threaten the integrity and mission of the United Nations, by partnering with multinational corporations.

USA: Promises Fall Short of Performance Says U.N. Head
by Thalif DeenInter Press Service
January 28th, 2002
The international community has fallen short of promises to prevent deterioration of the global environment, U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan said Monday.

CorpWatch Releases New Report on UN and Corporations
by CorpWatch
January 24th, 2002
CorpWatch releases a new report called ''Greenwash + 10 -- The UN's Global Compact, Corporate Accountability and the Johannesburg Earth Summit.'' The report documents corporate influence on the United Nations and calls on the UN to implement measures for accountability.

Greenwash + 10
by Kenny BrunoCorpWatch
January 24th, 2002
This new report documents corporate influence on the United Nations and calls on the UN to take measures for accountability.

Norsk Hydro: Global Compact Violator
by CorpWatch
October 18th, 2001
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.

Protestors, Drummers, Greenwashers Greet CEOs at First BASD Meeting in Paris
Alliance for a Corporate-Free UN, et al.
October 11th, 2001
PARIS (October 9) -- At 8:30 this morning local time, activists from France, Belgium, the Netherlands, England, Germany, Denmark, Nigeria and Spain gathered outside the headquarters of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) in Paris to protest against the first meeting of the Business Action for Sustainable Development (BASD) group.

Unilever Violates Global Compact
by CorpWatch
October 7th, 2001
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.

Inconsistencies Galore
by Nityanand JayaramanCorpWatch
October 4th, 2001
In the months following the discovery and expose of Unilever's polluting practices in Kodaikanal, many of the responses and statements by the company have been contrary to facts. The time line below outlines a few. (Emphasis is the author's.)

Unilever's Mercury Fever
by Nityanand JayaramanSpecial to CorpWatch
October 4th, 2001
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.

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