An Iranian activist currently in detention in Iran has filed suit against Nokia Siemens Networks, Nokia and Siemens for human rights abuses. The activist was detained during civil unrest in the aftermath of last year's elections after his mobile phone communications were intercepted allegedly using lawful intercept capability provided to the Iranian government by Nokia Siemens Networks.
James Farrar focuses on the business balance between financial performance and social-environmental impact.
<p>James has more than 15 years of experience working on corporate sustainability issues from both the corporate and NGO campaigning perspective. He has worked directly within the banking (Farm Credit System), aviation (British Airways) and IT (SAP) sectors in the USA and Europe. His campaigning experience includes work at Amnesty International's business engagement programme and at Global Witness, a leading NGO campaigning on the issue of resource revenue transparency especially relating to so called 'conflict resources'.</p> James's day job is at SAP working within the Sustainability team. You can view James' extended profile on <a href="http://de.linkedin.com/pub/james-farrar/2/a47/743">Linkedin</a> and you can follow him on <a href="http://twitter.com/jamesfarrar">Twitter</a>.
Google CEO Eric Schmidt in a ponderous Wall Street Journal inteview shared a vision of life beyond search for business. Call it serendipity.
HP, already reeling from the ethics crisis culminating with the casting out of Mark Hurd last week, faced new problems on Thursday. The US Department of Justice has stepped in to assist German investigators of alleged bribery of Russian government officials by HP according to the Wall Street Journal.
Poor old Naomi Campbell looked like she was chewing wasps during her reluctant testimony at the war crimes tribunal for Charles Taylor at the Hague last week. Charles Taylor, former President of Liberia, is up on some very serious charges of murder and mayhem as he ran amok in West Africa destabilizing not only his own country but Sierra Leone also.
Sustainability business guru Marc Gunther reckons Mark Hurd got off easy in being allowed to resign and secure a generous severance package. Referring to Hurd's dealings with actress Jodie Fisher:In plain English, this means that he sent money to her that belongs to HP shareholders for work that she did not do.
Dramatic news from Sam Diaz to close the week with the announcement that HP CEO Mark Hurd resigns in the wake of sexual harassment allegations. This from HP's press release:Hurd’s decision was made following an investigation by outside legal counsel and the General Counsel’s Office, overseen by the Board, of the facts and circumstances surrounding a claim of sexual harassment against Hurd and HP by a former contractor to HP.
Microsoft lobbies for mandatory sustainability disclosure regulation ('do as we say' or 'do as we do'?)
Microsoft is lending visionary and heart warming leadership by getting behind a lobby to cheer the UK government's plan to introduce tough new social and environmental corporate disclosure requirements. The new government took many by surprise in reintroducing plans to encourage greater corporate accountability already abandoned once by the previous government as part of its newly issued programme for government manifesto.
Sarbanes Oxley led to a new wave of IT solutions to shore up the information and business intelligence deficit of corporate boards. But almost ten years after the Worldcom-Enron-Tyco shocks the specter of dysfunction still hovers and its become clear that the model of corporate social responsibility (CSR) is likely more part of the problem than the solution.
The pre Davos wind up is now well underway. Out of the traps today is the annual Edelman Trust Barometer timed nicely to remind executives on the way to World Economic Forum that, oh yeah, its kind of important for our leaders to be trustworthy.
It's beginning to become clear that Google's push back on China has become a watershed moment in the history of industrial globalization and everyone is struggling for context. It's important to consider the increasing anxiety in the US over the rising economic power & competitiveness of China as we address the core question: should Microsoft, Google & everyone else head for the airport and get out of China now in the interests of human rights?
All told its been an extraordinary week for trans Pacific business relations. Google served notice on China that it would do what ever it takes to protect the privacy of the data within gmail accounts of human rights activists.
The debate on Google's motives for action on China in the past few days have been illuminating on the state of business ethics today.
I admit to being a bit tough on Google in the past but they are one of the biggest kids in the playground and we are entitled to expect a lot from them when it comes to corporate responsibility leadership. And today Google is living up to and far beyond the call of its moto - 'don't be evil'.
Honestly, the professional PR brigade never cease to amaze me with some of the nuttiest ideas for brand enhancement that all too often turn out to be just the opposite.My ZDNet colleague Jason Perlow was spammed today by a top PR agency with this nonsense: a product placement stunt at the UN with KFC's iconic Colonel Saunders fronting up with a letter for the UN Secretary General demanding a seat in the UN General Assembly for 'Grill Nation'.
Is this man the only climate ally left for the US Chamber?Back in May I wrote about how the US Chamber was losing friends fast with its 'head in sand' position on climate change.