Posts from Corporate Accountability sector

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Dis-Connecting People – a film by Nokia India Employees’ Union

On International Workers’ Day, Nokia India Thozhilalar Sangam (Employees’ Union) releases its film titled ‘Dis-Connecting People’ documenting the voices of workers which has remained muted in the battle between the state and the corporation.

About the Film: Dis-Connecting People (35 mins: 18 Secs)
Finnish Company Nokia Corporation set up its largest mobile phone assembling plant in Sriperumbadur Taluk of Kancheepuram District in Tamil Nadu in 2005. Attracted by the tax concessions offered under Special Economic Zone Act 2005, resource subsidies and an army of cheap labour, Nokia found it profitable to assemble phones in India and sell them globally. In just 5 years the plant produced 500 million phones. It hired over 12,000 workers with majority being young women.

After profiting for 8 years, the company now faces charges of evading taxes to the Indian Government in thousands of crores. Imminent closure of the factory and loss of employment looms large for thousands of workers.

The film documents the voices of workers that have remained largely muted in the din of tax battle between the corporation and the State. They share there experiences of working in Nokia; the happy times of being ‘connected’; of building dreams of becoming ‘middle class’; their fears, anxiety and anger of being ‘dis-connected’ suddenly by the company that they helped ‘profit’ with their hard work; and their resolve to fight for their employment.

For more information contact: Nokia India Thozhilalar Sangam at President-Sarvanan Kumar

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Corporate governance and the UN Guiding Principles – UN Forum on Business and Human Rights

The second pillar of the UN Guiding Principles places substantial emphasis on internal corporate governance. The responsibility to respect human rights requires business to develop, implement, and verify internal policies and procedures to avoid causing or contributing to adverse human rights impacts, either in their own activities or by linkage through their business relationships. Those policies and procedures extend to all company functions and implicate a range of business processes. The UN Guiding Principles thus establish key parameters for business to demonstrate how they meet their responsibility to respect. They also provide benchmarks for other stakeholders, including affected stakeholders, investors, civil society, and government regulators, to assess the effectiveness of businesses’ human rights governance structures and performance. Guiding questions for the panel: What lessons can be learned from existing firm management and internal control systems for identifying, assessing, and measuring actual and potential human rights impacts? How can those processes be effectively integrated into broader governance frameworks? How are regulators requiring or incentivizing the integration of human rights into corporate governance? What tools have been innovated by civil society organizations to assess corporate human rights performance? How are investors attributing value and cost to implementing human rights policies and procedures?

Laura Ceresna-Chaturvedi from Cividep India was invited as a commentator to respond to these questions.

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Human Rights & Grievance Mechanisms

Cividep India is a partner in SOMO’s Human Rights & Grievance Mechanisms Programme, a four-year project (2012-2015) to improve the accessibility and effectiveness of non-judicial grievance mechanisms for stakeholders who experience adverse impacts on their human rights as a result of business activities. The Human Rights & Grievance Mechanisms Programme’s objectives are to: Strengthen the… Read more »

An online Case Check to assist potential complainants in deciding whether the OECD Guidelines can be used to address corporate misconduct

OECD Watch Case Check

OECD Watch has developed an online Case Check to assist potential complainants in deciding whether the OECD Guidelines can be used to address corporate misconduct. How does this online case check work? This online Case Check will guide you through a set of questions that are relevant for potential complainants who would like to get… Read more »

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How to use the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights in company research and advocacy

This guide aims to provide concrete support, guidance and a uniform reference framework for CSOs in using the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. These Guiding Principles can be utilised to address the responsibility of business to respect human rights and thereby support local communities, workers and other rights holders to ensure fulfillment… Read more »

Demonstration in front of the factory gate

Nokia Siemens Network (NSN) not respecting workers’ rights in India

Nokia Siemens Network (NSN) is not respecting workers’ rights in India. Cividep India and the GoodElectronics Network tried to engage with NSN but found the company unresponsive. This summer, talks between the workers’ union and NSN factory management failed. When workers and union representatives staged a protest in front of the NSN factory gate in… Read more »

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Global expectations on Indian operations

This report investigates if Stora Enso’s ambition “Do good for the people and the planet” is put into action at Stora Enso Inpac, a mill located in Chennai, the state of Tamil Nadu, South India. Stora Enso Inpac is specialised in producing various kinds of paper-based consumer packaging products. Workers at Stora Enso Inpac’s logistics… Read more »

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Calling for Corporate Accountability

The OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises are a unique, government-backed international corporate accountability mechanism aimed at encouraging responsible business behaviour around the world. They define standards for socially and environmentally responsible corporate behaviour and proscribe procedures for resolving disputes between corporations and the communities or individuals negatively affected by corporate activities.

Demonstration in front of POSCO South Korea

OECD Watch Update: Dutch NCP publishes preliminary statement and joint statement in POSCO/ ABP case

In October 2012 Lok Shakti Abhiyan and supporting coalitions in South Korea, Netherlands and Norway have filed a complaint under the OECD Guidelines against POSCO and two of its shareholders the Dutch pension fund ABP and the Norwegian Government Pension Fund – Global with regard to POSCO’s failure to seek to prevent human rights abuses and carry out… Read more »

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A Manual on Corporate Accountability in India

The concept of Business and Human Rights is still evolving and effective legal provisions have yet to be implemented within Indian company law. This publication contains three case studies on civil society movements against multinational corporations in India.