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New Legislation Would Allow Criminal Penalties Against Corporate Officers Who Hide Information on Dangerous Products

July 23, 2014 | By

Consumer safety, public health, environmental and other groups in the Coalition for Sensible Safeguards lauded a new bill introduced by U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), co-sponsored by Sens. Bob Casey (D-Pa.) and Tom Harkin (D-Iowa). The “Hide No Harm” bill would hold corporate officers criminally accountable if they knowingly conceal …

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Is Tax the Next Big Corporate Social Responsibility Issue?

June 25, 2014 | By

Writing for the International Centre on Tax and Development, Isabel de la Peña observes that “Transnational Corporations operating in the global economy have a wide range of possibilities to avoid their responsibility to pay taxes.” She calls on corporate responsibility groups to add tax avoidance to their agendas.

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WHO Proposes Framework of Engagement with Non-state Actors

May 14, 2014 | By

As part of WHO reform, the WHO Secretariat has submitted a draft framework for engagement with non-State actors, which contains: (a) an overarching framework for engagement with non-State actors, and (b) four separate WHO policies and operational procedures on engagement with nongovernmental organizations, private sector entities, philanthropic foundations and academic …

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Most Polluted U.S. Cities

May 7, 2014 | By

A new report from the American Lung Association lists the cities that have the worst air pollution in the U.S. In many places, such as Southern California and the Central Valley, including Los Angeles, Fresno, Visalia and Modesto, Las Vegas, and Salt Lake City, automobile and truck exhaust are primary contributors to …

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Business Gears Up for Assault on Consumer-Protection Laws

May 1, 2014 | By

That low rumbling you hear, writes Bloomberg Businessweek is the business lobby revving its engines for an assault on state consumer-protection laws. The corporate-funded American Tort Reform Association gave fair warning at an event in Washington last week, when it announced “a multiyear, multistate campaign to reform such laws.” By …

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Public Health Advocacy Institute Files Amicus Brief Comparing Gambling and Tobacco Industries

May 1, 2014 | By

cross-posted by Public Health Advocacy Institute The Public Health Advocacy Institute has filed an amicus curiae brief in an appeal pending before the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.  The Plaintiff/Appellants are seeking to reverse a decision of the attorney general and get a question certified for inclusion on the 2014 ballot to repeal …

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