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The United Nations (UN) Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has announced that UN human rights experts including six special rapporteurs, one independent expert and the chair of a working group on human rights and transnational corporations have called on Republic of Korea-based multinational steel corporation Posco to immediately halt its project to construct "a mega-steel plant" in Odisha, India.

Germany-based automaker Daimler has announced that the "H2 Mobility" initiative partners comprising Air Liquide, Daimler, Linde, OMV, Shell and Total have established an "action plan for the construction of a nationwide hydrogen refuelling network for fuel cell powered electric vehicles".

Unilever Signs Up for Renewable Oil from Algae

26 Sep 2013
Written by World Watch

Renewable oil and bioproducts company Solazyme Inc (Solazyme) has announced that it has executed a commercial supply agreement with global consumer goods company Unilever for Solazyme's renewable oil product Tailored Algal Oil.

The Carbon Trust has announced that it has collaborated with the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) to develop and launch the ABPI blister pack carbon footprint tool "to enable [United Kingdom] companies to estimate the carbon footprint of tablet medicines in blister packs".

The New Zealand (NZ) Commerce Commission has announced that the Auckland District Court has fined Pacrite Industries Ltd (Pacrite) NZ$30,000 after the plastic rubbish bag manufacturer pleaded guilty to ten charges of breaching the Fair Trading Act 1986 (NZ) through its claims about the oxo-biodegradability and environmental friendliness of its "Greensac" plastic rubbish bag product, also known as "The Green One".

The Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) has made available its Sustainability Reporting 2013 (undated) (the report), which "[m]easur[es] and communicat[es] [CBA's] progress across all sustainability-related areas". The report chapter titled Responsible financial services indicates that the total number of customer complaints received by CBA in 2013 was 446,224, representing a 66% increase from the figure for 2012, which in turn was more than seven times the figure for 2011.

The government of Canadian province British Columbia (BC) has announced that Powerex has agreed to pay a number of parties, including the Attorney General and utility companies of the United States (US) state of California (CA), US$273 million as part of a settlement to resolve claims related to the 2000-01 CA energy crisis "that resulted in rolling blackouts and record-high electricity prices".

The United States (US) Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) have released Business Continuity Planning (undated), a staff advisory on "business continuity and disaster recovery planning" that follows a review conducted by regulators of the impacts of Hurricane Sandy on business.

The United States (US) Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced that fuel distributing company Wondrack Distributing Inc's (Wondrack) has settled allegations that it exhibited various failures in implementing its oil spill prevention plan for a facility in Washington state.

A water utility corporation based in the Australian state of New South Wales (NSW) has announced that a 2012 earth tremor that took place almost 1,000 kilometres away in the neighbouring state of Victoria caused a power failure at its Malabar Wastewater Treatment Plant in south-east Sydney. The Sydney Water Corporation (Sydney Water) stated that the power failure "resulted in untreated wastewater being released from the cliff-face discharge point at Yellow Rock [in NSW]", while The Age reports that the volume of the release was approximately 63 megalitres.

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