[mgj-discuss] IRC Americas | Calling Bad Business Good
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New at IRC Americas Program
A New World of Citizen Action, Analysis, and Policy Options
Introducing the latest policy analysis from IRC Americas Program
Calling Bad Business Good
By Mark Engler
The World Bank should get a failing grade for its rankings of countries
that violate workers' rights. Last month the Bank issued a report
entitled "Doing Business 2007: How to Reform." The annual report ranks
175 countries in terms of the "ease of doing business" within their
borders. It evaluates nations based on 10 categories related to
taxation, licensing, financial and trade regulation, legal
infrastructure, and labor. The report, however, ranked highly many
countries with serious problems in these areas.
With the United States in control of the World Bank, it has the power
to go beyond protest. Adopting a foreign policy that truly reflects
democratic values, it can demand the Bank make workers' rights a
central part of how it thinks about doing business.
Mark Engler, a writer based in New York City, is an analyst with
Foreign Policy In Focus. He can be reached via the web site
http://democracyuprising.com. Research assistance for this article
provided by Jason Rowe. This article appeared on TomPaine.com at:
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