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Memo to Berkshire Hathaway Shareholders regarding "yes" vote on Sustainability Report Resolution

Publication Date: 

April 13, 2009

ILRF is urging shareholders of Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Corporation to support a resolution requesting company management to produce a report on its portfolio companies’ practices in the areas of labor and human rights and other issues related to the environmental and social impact of their business activities. This memo was sent on April 13, 2009 to the leading shareholder advisory services by ILRF and International Rivers, a nongovernmental organization concerned with the impact of dams on communities and the environment, urging a “yes” vote on this proposal.

Trafficking in Tobacco Farm Culture: Tobacco Companies’ Use of Video Imagery to Undermine Health Policy

Publication Date: 

April 1, 2009

Cigarette companies and their lobbying organization used tobacco industry–produced films and videos about tobacco farming to support their political, public relations, and public policy goals. Critical discourse analysis shows how tobacco companies utilized film and video imagery, and narratives of tobacco farmers and tobacco economies, for lobbying politicians and influencing consumers, industry-allied groups, and retail shop owners to oppose tobacco control measures and counter publicity on the health hazards, social problems, and environmental effects of tobacco growing.

A Lipton Worker Speaks out About Disposable Jobs!

Publication Date: 

March 3, 2009

This video provides real testimony from one of Lipton's 730 temporary workers in Khanewal, Pakistan. These workers are outsourced by an agency, denied all benefits entitled to the 22 regular workers and cannot join the workers' union. Workers want Unilever (Lipton's owner) to recognize them as real employees so that they can bargain for decent work!

ILRF Testimony on Military Aid to the Philippines--House Committee on Foreign Operations

Publication Date: 

March 1, 2009

ILRF's Director of Policy submitted testimony to the United States House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations, Sub-Committee on State, Foreign Operations regarding the alarming reports of human rights abuses by military officials from 2001 - 2007 in the Philippines.

2009 Chocolate Company Scorecard

Publication Date: 

February 12, 2009

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This scorecard ranks major chocolate companies by their commitment to ending child labor and ensuring transparency in their cocoa supply chains. To find out the bitter, bittersweet and sweet chocolate companies, check out this guide!

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