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    What the Other Guy Blogs About: ISO 26000 on CSR

    Thursday, August 27th, 2009

    Consumers International’s (CI) blog has an interesting take — surprisingly positive — on the negotiations in the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) for an international standard on corporate social responsibility (CSR), which will be known as ISO 26000.  I heartily recommend reading the blog post and browsing through CI’s materials on the negotiations history for […]

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    EPC “Awards” Manipulative Food Advertising to Children

    Thursday, March 12th, 2009

    As part of its efforts to get Mexican authorities to regulate the advertising of food and beverages to children, and to hold industry accountable to its commitments under its recently adopted national code of self-regulation on the issue, the consumer group The Power of the Consumer (EPC) recently released what it calls “awards” recognizing “the […]

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    “Cereal Offenses” in LAC

    Sunday, December 28th, 2008

    If you have kids and read the labels of foods you shop for or buy, you probably know well the struggle to avoid buying breakfast cereals that are not loaded with sugar and/or sodium (salt).  Sometimes even when you avoid the obvious culprits (after all, if the name is “frosted,” most of us can guess!), […]

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    A Mexican Code on Food/Beverage Advertising to Children

    Tuesday, December 16th, 2008

    Recently the food and beverage industry in Mexico agreed on Code of Self-Regulation on the Advertising of Food and Beverages Directed at Children (Código de Autorregulación de Publicidad de Alimentos y Bebidas dirigida a Público Infantil – PABI).  The code of conduct, signed by companies representing about 70% of advertising in Mexico in the sector […]

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    OAS & Consumers International Sign Cooperation Accord / La OEA y CI

    Friday, November 7th, 2008

    Synopsis in English: On Wednesday the Organization of American States (OAS) and Consumers International (CI) signed a cooperation agreement to undertake joint actions to promote and protect consumer rights in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC).  Both parties emphasized the impact transborder transactions are having on LAC consumers and the need to develop and promote […]

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    Regional Economic Integration and Consumer Protection

    Thursday, October 11th, 2007

    Next week the Research Group on International and Comparative Consumer Law (Groupe de recherche en droit international et comparé de la consommation – Gredicc) of the University of Quebec at Montreal (Université du Québec à Montréal – UQÀM) will be hosting an interesting international conference on "Regional Economic Integration and Consumer Protection in the Americas […]

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    Overview of Consumer NGOs in LAC

    Thursday, May 17th, 2007

    The Key Hub
    While not all consumer NGOs in LAC belong to Consumers International (CI) by any means, some of the region’s most active and influential ones do. CI’s Regional Office in Santiago de Chile was created in the 1980s in part to push for the adoption of consumer protection laws in LAC nations, in […]

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    Overview of Consumer Law in LAC

    Thursday, May 17th, 2007

    The Broad Influences
    If you had looked around LAC in the early 1980s, you would have been hard pressed to find a country with a framework consumer protection law, code, statute or regulation (I believe only Colombia had a simple one).  Yes, many had market authorization laws, regulations, Sanitary Codes or special product -based codes or […]

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    Consumer Protection in LAC IV – Consumer NGOs in LAC

    Monday, April 23rd, 2007

    To make up for missing World Consumer Rights Day (March 15), I promised to give you a five-part overview of consumer protection in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). In Part I, I looked at how consumer agencies and consumer NGOs in the region celebrated the Day. In Part II-A I examined how […]

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    Consumer Protection in LAC II-B – Consumer Legislation in LAC Nations

    Tuesday, April 17th, 2007

    To make up for missing World Consumer Rights Day (March 15), I promised to give you a five-part overview of consumer protection in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). In Part I, I looked at how consumer agencies and consumer NGOs in the region celebrated the Day. In Part II-A, I provided an […]

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