Category Archives: Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)

Brexit To Save CIty £12 Billion A Year In Slashig EU Red Tape

By ECM Plus Staff

Britain’s financial services sector will gain an extra £12 billion a year in revenues as a result of the nation taking back control of regulation when it leaves the EU, according to a new report.

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Amazon and eBay implicated in data protection scandal

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Online retail giant and auction behemoth site lobbyists found to be writing EU data protection law in copy-paste legislation scandal

ECM Plus +++ A European privacy group claimed today that dozens of amendments to the new Data Protection Regulation being proposed by Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) are being copied word-for-word from corporate lobby papers, with MEPs frequently failing to even remember their own amendments. Max Schrems, of the website and campaign Europe v Facebook, noticed striking similarities between proposed amendments and lobby papers written by representatives of Amazon, eBay, the American Chamber of Commerce and the European Banking Federation. Continue reading

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FSF crashes Windows 8 launch with free software campaign

Activists trick-or-treat for free software at Windows 8 launch event

By ECM Plus staff

ECM Plus /New York/ +++ Visitors to the primary Windows 8 launch event were greeted by an unexpected and uninvited visitor – a gnu.

Activists, one dressed as the free software movement’s buffalo-like mascot, converged on Microsoft’s event to distribute pamphlets about the hidden dangers of Microsoft’s latest proprietary creation. The Halloween-themed action included plastic pumpkin buckets full of DVDs loaded with Trisquel, a free software distribution of the GNU/Linux operating system. Continue reading

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Big Corporates Choking SMEs With Late Payment – Survey

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Late payments debt high enough to put UK SMEs out of business

By ECM Plus staff

ECM Plus /London/ +++ As the number of British small and medium-sized businesses facing late payments reaches more than a million – with a total aggregated outstanding debt of almost £36.4 billion, many SMEs are in danger of going under.

That’s the startling finding according to new research undertaken for payment specialists BACS.

According to the shocking findings, nationally, the average amount owed to one of Britain’s SMEs is £36,000 – yet 35 percent of SMEs reported that late payment debts of up to just £20,000 would be enough to put them out of business, in a survey by BACS Payment Schemes, the company the runs the Direct Debit system. Continue reading

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Big bank insider exposes $20bn UBS tax evasion, awarded $104m

National Whistleblowers Center – www.whistleblowers.org

Whistleblower bags massive $104 million reward for foiling bankster scam

By ECM Plus staff

ECM Plus /Washington, D.C./ +++ Former UBS banker Bradley Birkenfeld has won a massive whistleblower reward of $104 million for his contributions in providing the U.S. Government with insider information on UBS’ illegal offshore banking scheme.

According to the National Whistleblowers Center, this is believed to be the largest reward ever given to an individual whistleblower in the United States and the first major reward issued under the IRS tax whistleblower law. Continue reading

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Location data takes centre stage in legal case

U.S. Supreme Court building.

U.S. Supreme Court building.

Government faces new warrantless surveillance battle after losing landmark GPS tracking case as defendant pushes to exclude cell phone location data obtained without a warrant

A federal district court is poised to determine whether the government can use cell phone data obtained without a warrant to establish an individual’s location.

In an amicus brief filed last Monday, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and the Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) argue that this form of surveillance is just as unconstitutional as the warrantless GPS tracking the U.S. Supreme Court already shot down in this case. Continue reading

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Walmart in the doghouse again as CSR slouches

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Every little helps

130,000 call out retail behemoth Walmart’s supplier for ‘forced labor’ and ‘brutal conditions’

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ECM Plus +++ In yet another corporate social responsibility PR blunder, a worker’s campaign on change.org is calls on retail giant Walmart to cancel a contract with a seafood supplier accusing the retail corporate of ‘forced labor’.  Continue reading

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Anti-Apple campaign grows over Dickensian iPad workhouse shame

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Apple: Working practices rotten to the core?

Apple factory abuses spark viral online campaign

By ECM Plus

ECM Plus +++ 140,000 people have joined up against Apple Corporation’s abuse of its outsourced workers in China, with user Mark Shields’ campaign on Change.org asking Apple to stop ongoing abuse of workers at iPod and iPad sweat-shop factory conditions in China.

The 140,000 people across the world have joined an explosive campaign on Change.org calling on Apple to protect workers who assemble Apple products from abuse, injury, and death. Continue reading

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Yuan trade prospects good for Britain

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Hong Kong and England exchange would be good for future British prosperity as euro collapses

By PAUL QUIGLEY

ECM Plus +++ As Europe collapses under the strain of its top-heavy, over-debtedness and uber-bureaucratised idealism, the prospects for Britain are looking infinitely brighter in the light of recent exchange trade talks with the world’s second-largest economy, China.

Reports that the current British chancellor Osbourne is glad-handing the Chinese in the former British colony of Hong Kong comes as a welcome refrain for Britain’s social and economic prosperity, following the disintegration of the euro now taking place across the continent. Continue reading

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Corporate counsel group hails in-house value of the law

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And Justice For All: Law takes centre stage in corporate value chain

Next phase of the ACC value challenge to focus on In-house counsel successes

By ECM Plus staff

ECM Plus +++ The Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) has just launched ‘ACC Value  Champions’ for the next phase of its ‘Value Challenge’ initiative.

According to the association, the new recognition programme will identify, celebrate and publicize successful law department value initiatives and law firm/client collaborations under the banner of the ACC Value Challenge. ACC Value Champions will showcase individuals in departments and law firms who are making a difference for their organizations through creativity and value-based legal management skills. Continue reading

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Glaring gaps as social injustices widen across nations – study

Justice for all

Justice For All

Wide gaps in social justice, comparison finds Britain only in the middle rankings

By ECM Plus staff

ECM Plus +++ Great Britain still has some catching up to do in terms of social justice, according to new research just published by the Bertelsmann Stiftung.

According to the study, among a total of 31 OECD nations, Britain occupies 15th place, in the middle of the ranking. Continue reading

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South African Wal-Mart mega-merger in ‘fundamentally flawed’ claim

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Unions appealing rulings as 'flawed'

Appeal against Wal-Mart and Massmart merger in South Africa

By ECM Plus staff

ECM Plus +++ Court hearing commences today to determine whether the South African merger of Wal-Mart and Massmart can proceed, or whether the matter should be referred back to the Competition Tribunal for consideration.

Three South African Government Ministries, supported by labour federation COSATU, are appealing based on their claim that the earlier Competition Tribunal proceedings were fundamentally flawed and are seeking a full rehearing of the matter. Continue reading

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Public sector shame as jobsworths jostle OAP injury claims

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Hypocrisy alive and well and living in Newham. Image: LoopZilla

No Win No Fee changes and the spending cuts will hit older people’s access to justice

By ECM Plus staff

ECM Plus +++ A pensioner who fell over a broken drain cover in East London in 2009 has won compensation for her injuries from Newham Council after a two year fight for justice. Continue reading

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Quango tinkering ignores true diversity on company boards

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Still no room for disabled in diversity

Financial Reporting Council ignores disabled talent in favour of just women in touting ‘benefits of diversity on corporate board appointments

By ECM Plus staff

ECM Plus +++ The FRC has proclaimed changes to their ‘UK Corporate Governance Code’ and is urging companies to respond ‘rapidly’.

FRC has decide to amend Britain’s Corporate Governance Code was meant to strengthen the “principle” on boardroom diversity. Continue reading

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Governance overhaul proposals as FRC moots corporate reform

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Reality check for corporatism. Image – Niklas Barsk

Audit committee overhaul and specificity dominate reform plans

By ECM Plus staff

ECM Plus +++ The Financial Reporting Council has just launched a brace of new documents, enttled ‘Boards and Risk – A Summary of Discussions with Companies, Investors and Advisers’, and, ‘Boards and Risk – A Summary of Discussions with Companies, Investors and Advisers’ discussing effective corporate stewardship, a move to address more corporate transparency. Continue reading

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Axe victim: Feds raid Gibson guitar plants in unfinished business

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Feds raid American guitar factories

Department of Justice bullies Gibson without filing charges

By ECM Plus staff

ECM Plus +++ The Federal Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. has suggested that the use of wood from India that is not finished by Indian workers is illegal, not because of U.S. law, but because it is the Justice Department’s interpretation of a law in India. Continue reading

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WEEKEND PLUS: News Corp woes shadow real issues

Slug from Atmosphere eavesdrops on Lucy?

Eavesdropping of voicemails should never have been technically possible in the first place. Image: Joe Howell

Infatuation with celebs and politicians clouds issue of weak data protection laws and further telecoms oversight by independent accountability councils of citizens

BY PAUL QUIGLEY

Truth is the first victim of war.

The disgusting charade that has been paraded this last week or so over the News Corporations’ alleged invasion of people privacy’s tends to mask the real problem. That is, how could this loophole of privacy invasion has been possible in the first place?

Insecure voicemail systems and processes.

And who is it who hosts these systems of privacy invasion? Continue reading

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Food content awarded ‘Non-GMO Verified’ badge of honour

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As nature intended: compliance to food content standards

Appearing on-pack in August for all Silk soymilk, ‘Pure Coconut’ and ‘Pure Almond’ brands

Plant-based beverage brand Silk has confirmed that all of its products in the beverage portfolio of the company have now been verified by the Non-GMO Project, the association of manufacturers, retailers, distributors, farmers, seed companies and consumers.

According to the company, Silk’s portfolio includes Silk Soymilk, Silk Pure Coconut® and Silk Pure Almond. All Silk soymilk, coconutmilk and almondmilk products were enrolled in The Non-GMO Project’s Product Verification Program in 2010. Continue reading

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NNDB gets corporate board content all mapped out

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NNDB Mapper helps put connections under scrutiny

New update for content at NNDB corporate board mapping

By ECM Plus staff

ECM Plus +++ Look out LinkedIn. NNDB has updated its free \NNDB Mapper search engine, the visual tool that explores the connections and linkages between people.

According to NNDB, the NNDB Mapper now navigates biographical data collected in NNDB now topping more than 32,000 individuals, with coverage linking the worlds of business, politics, science and culture. Continue reading

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LATEST FEATURE: Compliance: A hybrid marital troika?

Hoard Sklar, senior corporate counsel, RecommendIT

BY HOWARD SKLAR

Compliance is essential for all organisations, not least because of the financial penalties and reputational damage that come with non-compliance.

This, however, is easier said than done when many organisations have no idea that they are failing to comply.

This can often be the case with global companies where they may find they’re complying in one country but not in another, or across the whole. Continue reading

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European Council warns on increased risks from cordless, mobile and wireless devices

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EMF: The long-term risks to health are still unknown

Kids at particular risk from cordless, mobile phones nand wireless Wi-Fi radiation effects

By ECM Plus staff

ECM Plus +++ In the wake recent heightening concerns over the health risks associated with new airport MMW backscatter radiations in full-body scanners being installed inside many major airports, – especially the longer-term risks to DNA and the human lymphatic system of the skin-deep penetrating backscatter radiation – new concerns are now emerging over the other serious health risks to people who live and work close to cordless, mobile and wireless Wi-Fi devices in homes and offices, especially the effects on young children whose DNA and cellular activity is still in a rapid growth phase.  Continue reading

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Radio killed the video star? NAB moves to embed FM into mobiles

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FM-radio revival to move mobile content into radio age

Campaign promoting Frequency Modulation band radio-enabled wireless handsets demanding lawmakers halt supporting for Creativity and Innovation resolution

By ECM Plus staff

ECM Plus +++ U.S. National Association of Broadcasters has just launched a bold new campaign targeted at embedding FM radio into mobile devices.

NAB said the rationale was to provide local news, entertainment as well as emergency information content to information. Continue reading

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