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Audits missed factory hazards; 400 workers died

Report prompts new calls for safety reform
March 18, 2013

Two clothing factories in Bangladesh and Pakistan were inspected for safety conditions by independent auditing firms prior to 2012 fires that killed hundreds of employees, according to a new report by the Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) and the Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations (SOMO).


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Europe amends five key worker health, safety directives

Review is “painfully slow going”
March 14, 2013

The European Commission has announced plans to amend five health and safety at work Directives, in order to align them with the Globally Harmonized System (GHS), but critics charge that the changes won’t make workers any safer.


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“Risk” not “responsibility” is the watchword of 2013

March 8, 2013

In your view, what are the big issues to watch out for in 2013? I think that climate change is going to be a big issue. That’s partly for the same reasons. There’s also a growing recognition of the effects that a change in climate is going to have on business.


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Study: Climate change will challenge occupational safety and health

Productivity expected to drop, especially for outdoor workers
March 4, 2013

Climate change could have a significant impact on worker productivity – particularly in certain parts of the word, according to a study published in the March issue of the journal, Nature Climate Change.


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Manufacturers oppose greenhouse gas fees

NAM predicts job losses, higher prices
February 27, 2013

A proposed “carbon tax” would have a “devastating” impact on manufacturing and jobs, according to the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), responding to climate-change legislation introduced recently in the Senate.


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Climate change legislation introduced in Senate

Carbon polluters would pay fees, frackers disclose chemicals
February 26, 2013

Senators Barbara Boxer (D-California) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) have introduced in the Senate comprehensive climate change-related legislation that includes two measures: a Climate Protection Act which would impose fees on major greenhouse gas emitters and a Sustainable Energy Act that would end subsidies to fossil fuel companies.


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A complicated challenge: Ensuring health and safety in supply chains

Workers can be safeguarded through cooperation
February 20, 2013

Increasingly, businesses are outsourcing their activities and processes. But what implications does the growing importance of supply chains have for working conditions? A new report from the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) sheds light on occupational safety and health (OSH) within these complex networks of suppliers and service providers.


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Climate change crisis outpacing green investment

Fossil fuel infrastructure cited
February 19, 2013

SocialFunds.com reports that sustainable investors, more than most of the major stakeholders in what it calls the “rapidly unfolding climate change crisis,” want corporations to account for unsustainable business practices and advocate effective legislative and regulatory measures.
 


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Non-regulators: The world’s top NGOs (non-governmental organizations)

February 19, 2013

The Global Journal based in Switzerland, has published an exhaustive list of the 100 most powerful non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in the world, from among 450 NGOs in 27 countries. Here are the top ten:


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Obama “all in” to solve climate change; cut energy waste 50% in next 20 years

State of the Union speech addresses environmental concerns
February 13, 2013

Direct excerpts from President Obama’s State of the Union speech given Tuesday evening before Congress: “...over the last four years, our emissions of the dangerous carbon pollution that threatens our planet have actually fallen. “But for the sake of our children and our future, we must do more to combat climate change. "


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