Surveillance Capitalism

  • Energy Companies Agree to Methane Reporting

    October 08, 2014

    Under UN pressure, a group of companies in the oil and gas industry has agreed to a partnership in which they will systematically monitor and issue reports on their work to reduce methane emissions and combat global warming.

  • Corporations Set up Anti-Global Warming Venture

    October 08, 2014

    Under pressure from nongovernmental organizations to advance environmentally friendly causes, a group of multinational corporations has set up a website, which may expand into a global organization, that seeks to "activate" young people in the fight against climate change.

  • NGO Pushes Investors to Report Fossil Fuel Divestment

    October 08, 2014

    The Asset Owners Disclosure Project is placing pressure on institutional investors to disclose whether they are advancing the international agenda against climate change by divesting from "high carbon assets."

  • Businesses Make Deforestation Pledges at UN Summit

    September 24, 2014

    In response to UN pressure toward an international climate agenda, businesses and governments have made pledges to prevent deforestation worldwide, including 20 global food companies committing to "deforestation-free sourcing policies" of acquiring palm oil.

  • Companies Finance "Climate Fund" for Developing Countries

    September 24, 2014

    The UN has announced that, as a result of its pressure for redistribution of funds to finance "green" initiatives during its recent climate summit, a group of financial and insurance institutions have pledged over $200 billion by the end of next year toward "low-carbon" programs in developing countries.

  • Under Pressure, Financiers Divest from Fossil Fuels

    September 24, 2014

    Amid pressure from the UN, nongovernmental organizations, and individuals such as Desmond Tutu, who recently compared funding fossil fuels to financing apartheid, the Rockefeller family and other investors have recently announced their divestment from fossil fuels in order to combat climate change.

  • ILO Pushes Partnerships on Labor Issues in Retail Industry

    September 17, 2014

    As part of the UN's initiatives pushing internationally developed labor standards, the UN's International Labour Organization ("ILO") has announced a partnership with retailer H&M to promote such standards, as well as the development of "employers' and workers' organizations" in the garment industry.

  • Under Pressure, Yale Considers Divestment in Fossil Fuels

    September 10, 2014

    As pressure from nongovernmental organizations and international organizations ramps up, The New York Times reports that Yale University has asked the managers of its investments to consider the risks of continuing to fund projects and companies that allegedly contribute to climate change.

  • NGOs Push General Mills into Climate Commitment

    July 30, 2014

    Food company General Mills has responded to a publicity campaign from a group of nongovernmental organizations ("NGOs") by announcing its commitment to disclose the actions it is taking to counter climate change and signing on to a declaration to reduce its environmental impact.

  • Coke, Pepsi Adopt UN Guidelines on Land Rights

    July 14, 2014

    Following the decision of Coca-Cola to support the UN Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure, which seek to pressure businesses to avoid violation of land ownership rights in developing countries, Pepsi has agreed to promote the Guidelines and carry out impact assessments in its supply chain. 

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