I wrote this piece on the Financial Times blog yesterday about the strikes and unrest at two big Amazonian dam projects and how this reflects the shocking way Brazilian companies treat their workers.

And then today I saw this extremely timely story in the Valor newspaper.

According to the piece, Brazil is apparently the only one of 42 countries that is refusing to sign a contract that would commit its multinationals to formally avoiding degrading work practices in the Great Lakes region of Africa.

The area is rich in minerals and the deal would oblige big firms to treat workers there with a dignity they’ve not always been afforded.

It’s a disgrace that Brazil won’t sign.