- Bangladesh: What about sustainability of compliance after Accord and Alliance?Perhaps Platform S?, 24 October 2018 When Accord and Alliance came to town, the brands and retailers had offered assurance of business continuity and were paying for the audits and assessments. Taking financial responsibility for factory remediation was…the manufacturer's end of the bargain. In five years [a] total [of] 1,159 factories have gone out of […]
- India: Amnesty urges investigation into attack on activists in coal mining districtAmnesty urges Meghalaya to investigate attacks on activists for exposing illegal coal mining, 10 November 2018 The grievous attack on activist Anges Kharshiing and her two aides -- Amita Sangma and Emiki Kurbah -- in Meghalaya, highlights a pattern of reprisals against activists who are standing up against injustice and exposing corruption in the state, […]
- Open letter to Mark Zuckerberg from 86 civil society organisationsToday, we the undersigned civil society organizations, call on Facebook to provide a mechanism for all of its users to appeal content restrictions, and, in every case, to have the appealed decision re-reviewed by a human moderator... [S]ocial media companies, including Facebook, have a responsibility to respect human rights, and international and regional human rights bodies […]
- Letter from Facebook CEO regarding content governance & enforcement"A Blueprint for Content Governance and Enforcement," 15 Nov 2018 [W]e have a responsibility to keep people safe on our services -- whether from terrorism, bullying, or other threats. We also have a broader social responsibility to help bring people closer together -- against polarization and extremism. The past two years have shown that without […]
- Facebook will pass off content policy appeals to a new independent oversight bodyMark Zuckerberg announced that a new external oversight committee would be created in 2019 to handle some of Facebook’s content policy decisions. The body will take appeals and make final decisions. The hope is that beyond the influence of Facebook’s business imperatives or the public’s skepticism about the company’s internal choices, the oversight body can come to […]
- Independent oversight body to handle Facebook content policy appeals
- Ecuador: Un Juez de Cotacachi niega acción de protección a comunidades que temen impactos de Empresa Nacional Minera“Juez rechaza acción de protección en contra de exploración minera” – 10 de noviembre de 2018 Un juez rechazó un recurso de acción de protección para impedir la exploración de una concesión minera, al considerar que no vulnera la legislación vigente, informó este 10 de noviembre la Procuraduría General del Estado…El magistrado de la Unidad Judicial Multicompetente del cantón Santa Ana de Cotacachi, Óscar Coba Vayas, […]
- Argentina: Justicia ambiental acoge denuncia contra alto funcionario por acumulación de mercurio en mina Veladero, de Barrick Gold“Imputan al ministro Bergman por la acumulación de mercurio en Veladero” – 7 de noviembre de 2018 El abogado ambientalista Enrique Viale informó en su cuenta de Twitter que la fiscal Alejandra Mángano solicitó la instrucción del Secretario de Ambiente de la Nación, Sergio Bergman, en la causa iniciada por la acumulación de 400 toneladas […]
- Foro de las Naciones Unidas sobre las empresas y los derechos humanosTema central: “El respeto empresarial de los derechos humanos, construyendo a partir de lo que funciona” Programa: Programa del Foro 2018 Inscripciones: Por favor inscríbase en línea a través de la plataforma Indico Documentos: Nota conceptualInformación práctica para los participantes Lecturas recomendadas: Informe del Grupo de Trabajo sobre empresas y derechos humanos – “La debida diligencia de las […]
- F1 finally admits concern over woman jailed for Bahrain Grand Prix protestsFormula One chiefs have admitted for the first time that they are “concerned” that an activist who protested against the Bahrain Grand Prix on Facebook was jailed for three years by the country’s authorities. F1 has traditionally been reluctant to intervene on politics and human rights cases but has made a rare exception in the case of […]
The Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry
The Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry
The Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry (Deutscher Industrie- und Handelskammertag, DIHK) is the central organisation for 79 Chambers of Commerce and Industry, CCI (Industrie- und Handelskammern, IHKs) in Germany. All German companies registered in Germany, with the exception of handicraft businesses, the free professions and farms, are required by law to join a chamber.
Thus, the DIHK speaks for more than three million entrepreneurs. They include not only big companies but also retailers and innkeepers. This gives the association considerable political influence. It does not represent any specific corporate group but all commercial enterprises in Germany.
- DG Azevêdo: we must turn the crisis of multilateralism into an opportunity to strengthen itAddressing a conference in Paris on 16 November 2018, entitled ‘A WTO Fit for the 21st Century: What Needs to Change’, Director-General Roberto Azevêdo argued that the international community must strive to “turn the current crisis of multilateralism into an opportunity to save it, and strengthen it for the generations to come.” During his visit […]
- Launch of the WTO Data portalThe WTO launched on Friday 16th November its new online database. The WTO Data portal brings together a wide range of statistical indicators on international trade and other WTO-related information.
- WTO members adopt roadmap for reducing technical barriers to tradeWTO members achieved a breakthrough at a 14-15 November meeting of the Committee on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) by agreeing on a list of recommendations that aim at reducing obstacles to trade and improving implementation of the WTO’s TBT Agreement. Members also discussed 62 specific trade concerns at the committee meeting, including eight new […]
- DDG Wolff stresses crucial role of business and farming communities in designing international trade rulesSpeaking at the Geneva Grain Conference, on 15 November, Deputy Director-General Alan Wolff stressed the crucial role played by business and farming communities in designing international trade rules, and called on policy-makers, regulators and government officials to seek their consistent feedback to remain knowledgeable about the fundamental changes in the global economy. “Throughout the history […]
- Japan initiates WTO dispute complaint against Korean support for shipbuildersJapan has requested WTO dispute consultations with Korea concerning alleged subsidies provided by the Korean government to its shipbuilding industry. Japan’s request was circulated to WTO members on 13 November.
- DG Azevêdo opens first workshop on government procurement and governanceOn 13 November 2018, Director-General Roberto Azevêdo addressed the first “Advanced Global Workshop on Government Procurement and Governance Issues” held at the WTO. He highlighted the importance of good governance tools, such as the WTO Government Procurement Agreement, in helping to prevent corruption and supplier collusion in government procurement. He also stressed that effective and […]
- DG Azevêdo joins President Macron in discussions on strengthening multilateralism and WTODirector-General Roberto Azevêdo joined world leaders in Paris on Sunday 11 November to mark the centenary of the World War One Armistice and to take part in the first Paris Peace Forum, an event dedicated to the idea that “international cooperation is key to tackling global challenges and ensuring durable peace”. Speaking during the Peace […]
- WTO issues compliance panel report regarding Thai measures on imported cigarettesOn 12 November the WTO circulated the compliance panel report in the dispute initiated by the Philippines in “Thailand — Customs and Fiscal Measures on Cigarettes from the Philippines — Recourse to Article 21.5 of the DSU by the Philippines” (DS371).
- DDG Wolff highlights benefits of WTO accession for investment and economic growthSpeaking at the Belarusian State University in Minsk on 9 November Deputy Director-General Alan Wolff said efforts by Belarus and other candidates to accede to the WTO will have a positive impact on the business environment and promote good governance by creating predictable and transparent rules for trade. “Membership in the Organization sends a clear […]
- Members discuss role of IP in promoting new business, health impacts through competitionWTO members discussed how intellectual property (IP) can catalyse growth in infant businesses and how its link with competition law and policy can foster public health objectives at a meeting of the Council for Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) on 8-9 November. Members also agreed to grant the Cooperation Council for the Arab […]
- Open Europe responds to the draft Withdrawal AgreementFollowing the cabinet's approval of the draft Withdrawal Agreement this week, Open Europe's Aarti Shankar, Dominic Walsh and David Shiels examine what the text sets out on the Irish backstop, as well as the possibilities for the future relationship. While the UK has secured key concessions, particularly on the creation of UK-wide customs backstop, problematic […]
- There was never going to be a perfect BrexitSpeaking to BBC News on November 16, Open Europe's Henry Newman argued that Prime Minister Theresa May should have explained the compromises of Brexit more clearly.The post There was never going to be a perfect Brexit appeared first on Open Europe.
- The possibility of a No Deal Brexit is getting higherOpen Europe's Henry Newman discussed the Brexit deal agreed by the UK and the EU and the chances of a No Deal Brexit scenario on the BBC News Beyond 100 Days programme on November 15. The post The possibility of a No Deal Brexit is getting higher appeared first on Open Europe.
- It is crucial for a Brexit deal to protect the integrity of the UKOpen Europe’s Henry Newman was on the BBC 2’s Politics Live programme on November 13, discussing Brexit negotiations along with Conservative MP Anna Soubry, Labour MP John Mann, and Polly Mackenzie of Demos think tank. The post It is crucial for a Brexit deal to protect the integrity of the UK appeared first on Open […]
- How far would the UK go to secure an all-UK customs backstop?Following reports the EU is pursuing "level playing field" commitments as part of the Irish backstop, Open Europe's Aarti Shankar considers what the UK government might accept to obtain a UK-wide customs arrangement.The post How far would the UK go to secure an all-UK customs backstop? appeared first on Open Europe.
- The Budget and Brexit: Open Europe respondsOpen Europe’s Dominic Walsh assesses how this week’s Budget will be affected by the outcome of the Brexit process, and what the political consequences might be.The post The Budget and Brexit: Open Europe responds appeared first on Open Europe.
- The British refuse to give EU a veto over when UK can regain its trade policyOpen Europe’s Pieter Cleppe appeared on the BBC World News Briefing programme on October 18, discussing the implications of a possible extension of the Brexit transition period. The post The British refuse to give EU a veto over when UK can regain its trade policy appeared first on Open Europe.
- How much regulatory divergence can we have within the UK?Open Europe's Henry Newman examines what proposals for a Northern Irish-specific backstop on regulations might mean for future regulatory divergence within the UK.The post How much regulatory divergence can we have within the UK? appeared first on Open Europe.
- Parliamentary constraint is key problem for Theresa MayOpen Europe's David Shiels spoke to TRT World News on October 17 about the deadlock in Brexit negotiations, saying that it is important for the EU to realise that the UK Prime Minister faces several constraints in Parliament.The post Parliamentary constraint is key problem for Theresa May appeared first on Open Europe.
- EU needs to move on the Irish backstop issue in Brexit talksAppearing on TRT World News, Open Europe’s Dominic Walsh examined the prospect of solving the Irish border backstop issue in Brexit negotiations at this week’s European Council summit.The post EU needs to move on the Irish backstop issue in Brexit talks appeared first on Open Europe.