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European Development Bank accepts complaint submitted by Mongolian herders about iron ore mining company

European Development Bank accepts complaint submitted by Mongolian herders about iron ore mining company

Jan 21, 2015

The company Altain Khuder operates the Tayan Nuur mine which allegedly has caused significant environmental pollution and the displacement of herders in the Mongolian Gobi Altai mountains. The independent accountability mechanism of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), which has invested in the company, accepted the complaint last week.

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Multinationals and conflict

Multinationals and conflict

Dec 22, 2014

This new SOMO publication brings together existing knowledge about 24 international guidelines and principles for companies operating in conflict-affected areas. The main purpose of the paper is to give a relevant overview of the existing principles and guidelines and their scope, so that affected communities and workers can use them in their dealings with companies in case of business-related human right violations.

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Socially responsible public procurement of garments and textiles in Europe

Socially responsible public procurement of garments and textiles in Europe

Dec 19, 2014

Socially responsible public procurement (SRPP) is all about how the purchasing policies and practices organisations in the public and semi-public sector at the buying end of the supply chain can help to improve global sustainability and human rights. SOMO's new fact sheet is the fourth in a series about labour conditions in the textiles and garments industry and focuses on Europe.

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Iron ore mine threatens nomadic herders in Mongolia

Iron ore mine threatens nomadic herders in Mongolia

Dec 17, 2014

Nomadic herders in rural Mongolia face health impacts, displacement and intimidation as a result of a large iron ore mine, financed by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). These impacts are directly related to business factors such as the need for infrastructure, mine lifespan and production targets. If such factors come into conflict with meaningful stakeholder engagement, rights are deprioritized and community livelihoods threatened. The involvement of a development finance institution, which requires compliance with social and environmental standards, is no safeguard against such adverse impacts.

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Using business strategy analysis as a frame for human rights research

Using business strategy analysis as a frame for human rights research

Dec 17, 2014

Today SOMO is releasing a case study on the Mongolian mining company Altain Khuder, as part of a larger series on the impacts of the global iron ore sector. This report aims to provide insight into Altain Khuder’s business strategies and how these are linked to human rights impacts on nomadic herders in rural Mongolia. The report shows that commonly used research methodologies can be significantly enhanced when the ethical and legal frames are complemented with a business strategy analysis.

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