Global Compact Hard Pressed to Raise Its Standards, But Deigns to Answer
Matthew Russell Lee of Inner City Press at the UN: News Analysis
November 1 -- As the UN Global Compact talked Thursday about human rights, its
board members put their emphasis on the quantity of companies joining, and not
the quality of these companies' commitment. Inner City Press asked the Compact's
Mark Moody-Stuart if companies can be thrown out or suspended if they enable
regimes which torture and violate rights. Moody-Stuart said that the focus is to
bring companies up by inviting them to join. He added that there is a procedure
to consider systemic abuses. "Has it ever been used?" asked Inner City Press.
Moody-Stuart acknowledged that it hadn't. Video
representative on the board, Habiba Al Marashi of the
Environmental Group, also spoke
of education companies. But when Inner City Press asked her if she thought some
companies would have to be expelled, she said yet. Video
She came back to describe a so-called no carbon city being constructed in Abu
Dhabi. She said the UAE increasingly uses "alternative energy," an example of
which she gave as natural gas.
Moody-Stuart and Mr. Ban, standards
for expulsion not shown
gas men, the CEO of Petrobras, also came to speak. Inner City Press asked him
about biofuels, and their conflict with farming and food. He acknowledged this
is a serious problem in Brazil, but claimed they are working on it. We'll see.
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contribution from an undefined trust fund.
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