Agenda for Corporate Accountability Week at the WSSD

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  • Release of a new series of publications on sustainable development

     

     

  • Announcement of agenda for the Corporate Accountability Week

     

    Pietermaritzburg, South Africa -- In time for this month's World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD), environmental justice and human rights NGO groundWork today launches a series of five booklets entitled South African People and Environments in the Global Market.

    This series of booklets report from several 'fronts' of the struggle we call development.

    These booklets cover such controversial topics as: South Africa's approach to development in relation to the global order; the corporate push for self regulation by industries; the debate of free basic services versus privatisation of such services; genetic engineering; and the contribution of the petrochemical industries to global warming. They include interesting case
    studies which highlight abuses by multi-nationals such as Sasol and Shell, and the South African governments lack of will and institutional capacity to deal with corporate abuse.

    The booklets can be downloaded from groundWork's website (www.groundwork.org.za/booklets.htm) or ordered free of charge from the groundWork office. groundWork will be distributing 40 000 of these booklets during the next few weeks of activities surrounding the WSSD.

    Today, we also release the full agenda for the Corporate Accountability Week taking place from the 20th - 23rd August in
    Sandton. Highlights of this week include:

  • The Green Oscars Award Ceremony (co-sponsored by CorpWatch and Friends of the Earth International)

  • Opening address by international environmental lawyer Richard Meeran

  • Evening with 20 past winners of the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize, and an address by Owens Wiwa, the brother of the late Ken Saro-Wiwa

  • Presentations by community leaders from South Africa and other countries on their experiences of environmental injustices at the hands of multi-national corporations

  • Press briefing to launch a new international campaign for corporate accountability
  • AMP Section Name:Alliance for a Corporate-Free UN
    • 194 World Financial Institutions

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