Conference on Annans Global Compact initiative opens in London

The event, being convened at the British Petroleum training centre to review Global Compact’s progress, will seek to address a range of issues associated with the Secretary-General’s initiative, which was launched in July 2000, with the aim of involving business in upgrading environmental, labour and human rights conditions, and bringing the benefits of globalization to more people worldwide. Discussions will focus on charting how participating companies can share their experiences in working with the Compact’s nine guiding principles, which are drawn from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Labour Organization’s Fundamental Principles on Rights at Work, and the Rio Principles on Environment and Development. The event will also explore how an Internet data bank and learning resource tool can be set up to provide information and commentary on corporate citizenship. The conference is expected to draw some 80 participants, including representatives of major corporations, academic experts, and leaders from the labour, human rights, and environmental movements from around the world. read more

Alaves loses misses chance to take Spanish league lead

MADRID — Alaves lost to relegation-threatened Leganes 1-0 on Friday, missing an opportunity to take the Spanish league lead.Alaves could have passed Barcelona for the lead with a victory, but the host secured the three points with a goal by Youssef En-Nesyri shortly before halftime at Butarque Stadium.It was the first win in six matches for Leganes, allowing it to move out of the relegation zone ahead of the weekend matches.It was the second loss in three matches for Alaves, which has been one of the early sensations in La Liga. It arrived for Friday’s match one point behind leader Barcelona, and it was tied with Sevilla and Atletico Madrid.Atletico plays against Barcelona in Madrid on Saturday, while Sevilla hosts Valladolid on Sunday.Sixth-place Real Madrid visits Eibar on Saturday to try to keep up its strong momentum under new coach Santiago Solari.___More AP soccer: and Associated Press read more