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The Norwegian Government Pension Fund – Global has invested 11,2 million euro in the Chinese dairy company China Mengniu Dairy Company, which has sent dry milk containing the poisonous material melamine out on the market.
The small Norwegian petroleum company Discover Petroleum has agreed to explore for petroleum in the middle of an untouched rain forest area in Peru – an absolute “no-go zone” according to critics.
On Sunday Discover Petroleum was thrown out of Peru because of charges of corruption. One of the top leaders of the petroleum directorate in Peru was fired that day, and the management of Discover held an emergency meeting in Stavanger.
This letter was sent to the editor of the Tanzanian newspaper This Day on July 9th 2008, regarding the newspapers' way of quoting Norwatch journalist.

The third “Norwegian” shipping company in half a year says it will not longer visit ports in occupied Western Sahara. Jinhui Shipping, registered on Oslo Stock Exchange, says to South China Morning Post that it will not contract any more business in the country.

Mizan Hatim Engineering will after all be permitted to participate in competitions for new contracts for Telenor’s subsidiary, Grameenphone, in Bangladesh. Norwatch has been informed of this by Telenor’s public relations officer, Pål Kvalheim. Mizan was the only supplier to be excluded when the scandal about the working conditions in Bangladesh became known.
One of Telenor’s subcontractors risks paying a high price because Telenor has not followed up the work of the contractor chain in Bangladesh. The company Mizan Hatim Engineering risks going bankrupt if Telenor and Grameenphone maintain the decision to break with the company as supplier of antenna towers.
The company AngloGold Ashanti – in which the Norwegian Government’s pension fund has invested money - is now starting their own investigations to establish whether the heavy metal damages in Nyakabale village in Tanzania is due to their operations. The company said to Norwatch that they will also consider tidying up the health threats no matter who is to blame of the conditions.
Telenor is letting Grameenphone decide the fate of one of the contractors that Telenor is now rejecting after the Bangladesh scandal. "This is a business decision, but it is not a matter of principle. We can resume the dialogue, but the decision rests with Grameenphone," Pål Kvalheim, Vice President Communications at Telenor, told Norwatch.
"Five Hundred employees risk becoming unemployed. We have already introduced a series of improvements in the safety conditions. We ask Telenor to give us a chance to improve," Mizanur Rahman told Norwatch. He is the head of Mizan Hatim Engineering, the only subcontractor to lose its contract after the disclosure of the scandalous working conditions at Telenor’s suppliers of antenna towers in Bangladesh.
The Chinese weapons shipping company COSCO has received praise from the UN for its reports on social responsibility. Many companies have associated themselves with the UN’s Global Compact initiative solely to obtain a better image, according to a Dutch critic.
Only Mizan Hatim Engineering has lost its contract with Grameenphone after disclosure of the illegal conditions at Telenor’s subcontractors in Bangladesh. The reason is not that the conditions are worse at this company than at the other contractors. “The company’s management has not shown the necessary will to improve conditions,” Pål Kvalheim, Telenor's Vice President Communications, told Norwatch.
Barely 2 years ago Det Norske Veritas gave the stamp of approval to the management system of one of Telenor’s sub-suppliers in Bangladesh, Mizan Hatim Engineering. Telenor has now broken all connections with this sub-supplier because of the management’s unwillingness to improve.
The Norwegian insurance company, Skuld, keeps insuring ships carrying controversial cargo. After the case of the ship carrying weapons to Zimbabwe, it has now been discovered that Skuld has ensured a ship carrying phosphate from occupied Western Sahara.
AngloGold Ashanti claims not responsible for causing any environmental damage in the Geita gold mine in Tanzania, and says that possible high levels of heavy metals could be due to mining activities during colonial times.