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The not so ethical investments

By Charles Wanguhu Financial institutions offering Ethical investment in practice exclude companies with interests in armaments, oppressive regimes, nuclear power, tobacco, vivisection, gambling, alcohol and pornography. Environmental (and ethical) investments also aim to invest in companies with positive effects on the environment. Characteristics of such companies include but are not limited to: socially responsible, environmentally…

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August 1: A Day Of Remembrance

By: Ainsley Brown This is part of the Middle Passage Law Series on Law is Cool. Why am I wearing all black today? Am I in mourning? No, not exactly. Then why? Well it is August 1: Emancipation Day. I am wearing black today not to so much mourn but to remember. To remember that…

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The Cozy Bank-Law Firm Relationship May Not Be So Cozy After All…These days Anyway, Part II.

By: Ainsley Brown McKenna v. Gammon Gold Inc. This is case that has the potential to redefine the very cozy relationship law firms have with their banker clients. No longer will bankers be given blanket coverage under conflict of interest rules to prevent law firms from being representatives in claims brought against them. The operative…

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THE GROWING NEED FOR EXPANDED CORPORATE REPORTING

This article is reproduces with the permission of the author and can be found on AccountancySA (South Africa´s leading Accountancy Journal). There is no doubt that the world we knew before the global economic meltdown will not return. The causes of the meltdown will not disappear, and lurking behind them is another set of even…

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Corruption and Banking

29th April 2009 By Charles Wanguhu Corruption only offers two instances for regulators to step in: at the looting stage where the individuals may seek bribes, dispose of public resources or subvert funds. In an ideal world they are then charged and any monies returned. The second stage is at the laundering stage, where the…

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UK Oil Company Accused Of Trying To Buy Witnesses

By: Ainsley Brown It is situations like these that simply go to fuel the general public distain for multinational. I guess the one positive thing that comes out of this and other similar situations is that it provides ample material for Michael Moore- esque films – just great entertainment. Despite the entertainment value of such…

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Two British Engineers Charged With Espionage… Industrial Espionage That Is.

By: Ainsley Brown No, no this is not a joke nor is it a case of a 007 mission gone awry. Its is a simple case of two British engineers; a British company and its subsidiary; a mobile phone; an American tire company’s secret equipment; and a Chinese tire company. Oh all so simple, indeed….

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Is tax the new area of concern for Corporate Social Responsibility?

By Charles Wanguhu In early 90’s Nike suffered a huge backlash from the revelations of child labour in use in its factories abroad there was a drive to ensure that clothing was environmentally sound. In early 2000 a push for carbon footprint labelling ensured that the consumer was conscious of the effect of their consumption…

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Long Arm Of US Law Nabs British Solicitor.

A British solicitor, Jeffrey Tesler, was arrested at his North London business address after US authorities requested his extradition. US prosecutors have charged Mr. Tesler and another Briton, Wojciech Chodan, with taking part in a scheme to bribe Nigerian officials to secure lucrative natural gas contracts, according to the Times. Both men are each charged…

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Glaxo Proposes Patent Pool

By: Ainsley Brown The world’s second largest drug maker, GlaxoSmithKline has proposed a voluntary patent pool for drug makers. The pool is intended to kick start the development of new treatments for neglected diseases such as malaria and cholera. By proposing and making its own patents available to third party researchers, Glaxo will be providing…

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