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Canada: Globe & Mail / Jantzi Research compare companies' performance on social & environmental issues in five sectors

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Article
23 February 2007

Beyond the bottom line [Canada]

Author: Steve Brearton, Naeema Bhyat, Nicole Fernando, Rob Gross, Nancy Palardy, Kevin Ranney & Irene Sosa, Globe and Mail

In...[their] fourth annual look at corporate social responsibility,...[the Globe and Mail and Jantzi Research] survey five of Canada's biggest industries and rank the leaders—and the stragglers...[The industries are] oil and gas, forest products, automobile manufacturing, mining, and pharmaceuticals...Companies are evaluated and scored in six key areas: community and society, corporate governance, impact on customers, treatment of employees, the environment, and human rights...[The methodology] allows for comparison across industries...

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Article
22 February 2007

CSR: Automotive

Author: Globe and Mail [Canda]

[Results of Globe & Mail / Jantzi Research survey of automotive sector. Compares social & environmental performance of the following companies, listed from highest score to lowest: Honda, Toyota, Nissan, Mazda, General Motors, Volkswagen, Ford, Hyundai (part of Hyundai Kia Motor), DaimlerChrysler.] The big players in this sector continue to develop models with higher fuel efficiency and lower emissions, hybrid models that combine gasoline and battery power...Ford, GM and Honda are also testing hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles...[On the other hand] most automakers don't plan to begin large-scale production of greener vehicles any time soon...California's state government...adopted regulations in 2004 requiring automakers to reduce vehicle emissions by 25% by 2016; these are being challenged in court by all the ranked companies...[M]any [automakers] are now moving manufacturing to low-wage nations such as China, India and the Philippines, all of which have limited environmental and health and safety protections.

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Article
22 February 2007

CSR: Forest Products

Author: Globe and Mail [Canada]

[Results of Globe & Mail / Jantzi Research survey of forest products sector. Compares social & environmental performance of the following companies, listed from highest score to lowest: Catalyst, Tembec, Cascades, Norbord, Canfor, TimberWest, Abitibi-Consolidated, West Fraser Timber, Interfor.] In the late 1990s...Canadian companies were the targets of international boycotts by the Sierra Club, Greenpeace and others...[Agreements were reached in 2001 and 2003 with natives and environmentalists over protection of designated forest areas]...Disputes remain, however...over logging in old-growth forests...Producing paper and wood products still generates significant air and water pollution, and [some] companies...have ...paid significant fines for violating environmental regulations in recent years. Employee health and safety is also a concern: At least 23 workers among...nine companies and their contractors have died on the job over the past five years.

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Article
22 February 2007

CSR: Mining

Author: Globe and Mail [Canada]

[Results of Globe & Mail / Jantzi Research survey of mining sector. Compares social & environmental performance of the following companies, listed from highest score to lowest: Alcan, Barrick, Cameco, Teck Cominco, Inmet Mining, Kinross Gold, Goldcorp, HudBay Minerals, Fording Canadian Coal Trust, Sherritt International.] Most of [Canadian]...10 mining companies now recognize the need for a "social licence" to operate...Some, especially those operating in Canada and Australia, are partnering with local aboriginal communities to guarantee jobs and training at their op¬erations...six of [the]...companies now publish comprehensive stand-alone CSR reports...Although they're taking steps to prevent spills and ensure the safety of tailings dams, few companies have set targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions or water consumption.

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Article
22 February 2007

CSR: Oil and Gas

Author: Globe and Mail

Results of Globe & Mail / Jantzi Research survey of oil & gas sector. Compares social & environmental performance of the following companies, listed from highest score to lowest: Petro-Canada, Suncor Energy, Nexen, Shell Canada, Syncrude, Talisman Energy, EnCana, Imperial Oil, Husky Energy, Canadian Natural Resources] The industry has substantially reduced its emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases...over the past decade. Some companies have also invested in wind power and other renewable sources of clean energy...But total emissions of greenhouse gases are still climbing and will continue to do so, largely due to the expansion of the vast oil sands projects in and around Fort McMurray. Those projects also use massive amounts of water, most of it taken from the already-depleted Athabasca River, and virtually none of the land stripped to extract oil has been reclaimed.

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Article
22 February 2007

CSR: Pharmaceutical

Author: Globe and Mail [Canada]

[Results of Globe & Mail / Jantzi Research survey of pharmaceutical sector. Compares social & environmental performance of the following companies, listed from highest score to lowest: Sanofi Aventis, Novartis, Novo Nordisk, AstraZeneca, GlaxoSmithKline, Johnson & Johnson, Merck, Biovail, Roche, Pfizer.] Controversies swirl around product safety, questionable marketing practices, the high cost of drugs and patent protection issues that leave one-third of the world's population without regular access to essential medicines. The environmental impact of pharmaceutical companies...includes chemical waste and toxic emissions...Some...companies, such as Novartis and Pfizer, have...joint...initiatives aimed at treating infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis, and others are lowering prices and extending product licences in developing countries.

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