WATCHING THE WORLD: A company plan on human rights

ExxonMobil Corp has instructed managers of its worldwide facilities to stand up for human rights in communities where the company operates. It is a landmark decision-and a welcome one, at that.Andre Madec, ExxonMobil’s global community-relations manager, said: “We are making our expectations very clear to the host governments.”Those expectations are a development of earlier initiatives of the company, including its benchmark Framework on Security and Human Rights for implementing the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights in seven countries: Angola, Cameroon, Chad, Equatorial Guinea, Indonesia, Nigeria, and Venezuela. The framework provides guidance and expect...

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