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22 February 2010

Fair Trade’s New Frontiers

Author: Sarah Irving, Ethical Consumer

The fair trade movement has…improved the lives of some of the world’s poorest farmers. But recently – as much by accident as design – several new Fairtrade certifications and fair trade projects have tried to bring these benefits to producers in...

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1 February 2010

[video] The Benefits of Microfinance

Author: Co-operative Bank

The Co-operative Bank [part of Co-operative Group] has created a special $50 million fund in order to support the future development of small businesses in some of the world’s poorest countries. Here we follow Belma Gracankic, a Bosnian refugee who...

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28 January 2010

Green and Black's to go 100% Fairtrade

Author: Rebecca Smithers, Guardian

Organic chocolate maker Green & Black's [part of Cadbury] today pledged to switch its entire worldwide food and beverage range to Fairtrade by the end of next year, in a groundbreaking move that will make it the world's leading manufacturer of...

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13 January 2010

UK: NGO Stonewall names 100 most gay friendly employers - IBM tops ranking

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13 January 2010

[PDF] Stonewall top 100 Employers 2010: The Workplace Equality Index [UK]

Author: Stonewall

Stonewall’s sixth Workplace Equality Index, the basis for the Stonewall Top 100 Employers 2010, is the definitive national benchmarking exercise showcasing Britain’s top employers for lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) staff…The 25-question index survey...

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10 December 2009

UK issues new guidance on labelling of food from illegal West Bank settlements

Author: Ian Black, Guardian [UK]

Britain has acted to increase pressure on Israel over its West Bank settlements by advising UK supermarkets on how to distinguish between foods from the settlements and Palestinian-manufactured goods…[T]he new, voluntary guidance issued by the...

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16 November 2009

Ecumenical Council for Corporate Responsibility engages with 11 British & Irish supermarkets to highlight concerns about Israeli settlement goods

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16 November 2009

[PDF] UK and Irish supermarkets’ policies and practices regarding the sourcing of goods produced in Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories

Author: The Ecumenical Council for Corporate Responsibility

Asda [part of Wal-Mart] [:]…Settlement products probably sourced…Co-operative supermarkets [:]…No Co-operative...products sourced from settlements…Dunnes Stores [:] Sourcing policy: Unknown…Marks & Spencer [:]...Does not stock any products from...

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1 November 2009

[PDF] Briefing Note for Decent Work in Global Supply Chains Workshop

Author: Rachel Wilshaw & Helena Viñes Fiestas, Oxfam GB; Rachel Crossley & Rory Sullivan, Insight Investment; Neil Brown, Aviva; & Adam Ognall, UKSIF

This briefing note…summarise[s] the current state of play, from a development and an investment perspective, on labour issues in the supply chain [and]…canvass[es] how investor engagement on this topic could evolve …examining whether company...

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8 June 2009

Credit card provider Co-operative Bank launches a new development fund

Author: Charlotte Stevens, CardSmart

According to the bank, the Global Co-operative Development Fund, in collaboration with Deutsche Bank, is the first development fund for co-operatives...Head of structured and asset finance at the bank Richard Wilcox said: "Investing in co-operatives...

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