Five oil firms agree to US-UK human rights standard

Five international oil companies have agreed to a human rights code of conduct drafted by the US and UK governments, according to the US Department of State.US Sec. of State Madeleine Albright said the two nations hope their Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights "will become the global standard in the oil and mining industries."She said, "The principles address many of the hardest challenges facing oil and mining companies as they work to protect the safety and security of their people and operations. They address as well many of the situations and practices for which companies in the extractive industry, rightly or wrongly, have been exposed to criticism on human rights groun...

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