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1 November 2004

[PDF] full report: "A licence to operate - New measures to tackle exploitation of temporary workers in the UK agricultural industry"

Author: Ethical Trading Initiative - Temporary Labour Working Group

[refers to ASDA (part of Wal-mart), Co-operative Group, Marks & Spencer, Morrisons, Sainsbury, Somerfield, Tesco, Waitrose (part of John Lewis Partnership), Premier Foods]

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1 November 2004

[PDF] full report: "Risk & Opportunity - Best Practice in Non-Financial Reporting"

Author: SustainAbility, UNEP, Standard & Poor's

[Top 50 companies (highest scoring first): Co-operative Financial Services (part of Co-operative Group), Novo Nordisk, BP, British American Tobacco, BT Group, British Airports Authority (BAA), Rabobank, Rio Tinto, Shell, HP, Unilever, Anglo American,...

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4 November 2004

Non-financial reporting: Wood for the trees - Are company reports on their social and environmental impact any use?

Author: Economist

The only tool standardising non-financial reports is the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)...But firms can (and do) choose carefully which of its questions they answer...But if investors follow S&P in recognising “the importance of non-financial...

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Article
9 November 2004

Buying With a Conscience Helps Reform SA [So. African] Vineyards

Author: Charlotte Mathews, Business Day [So. Africa]

Two years ago a group of UK retailers...pledged finance to help set up SA's Wine Industry Ethical Trade Association. The retailers included Coop [Co-operative Group], Tesco, Sainsbury's, Marks & Spencer, Asda [part of Wal-Mart], Safeway [part of...

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Article
17 November 2004

Industry unites to fight exploitation of workers in UK food and agriculture

Author: Ethical Trading Initiative - Temporary Labour Working Group

The TLWG [Temporary Labour Working Group] – which includes leading retailers Waitrose [part of John Lewis Partnership], Marks & Spencers, Tesco, Somerfield, Sainsburys, Morrisons, the Co-operative Group and Asda [part of Wal-Mart], the Fresh...

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Article
24 December 2004

Old foes share common ground

Author: Alison Maitland, Financial Times

Activists who once resorted to open confrontation to make their point now talk to companies behind the scenes or take their money to set up joint projects to tackle social and environmental problems. [refers to projects or cooperation involving:...

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31 December 2004

Costs hold back the ethical consumer [UK]

Author: Simon Bain, Herald [UK]

The Agenda report suggests: "...If mainstream producers and retailers were to offer more opportunities to 'buy ethically' at reasonable prices and with relative ease, then more ethical consumers may be able to take the step towards becoming ethical...

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1 January 2005

4th Annual Review of Corporate Responsibility argues selling & marketing to poor consumers may not help reduce poverty or address basic needs

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1 January 2005

Report by World Economic Forum, AccountAbility investigates why mainstream financial community has not yet embraced social investment

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1 January 2005

The Asian Tsunami: three weeks on

Author: Oxfam

Transnational clothing companies, such as Wal-Mart, Next, and NIKE, source goods from Sri Lanka and Indonesia. Some might have been considering shifting their production from tsunami-affected countries to their cheaper competitors, such as China. Any...

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