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8 May 2009

[PDF] GLA – Supermarket Protocol

Author: Gangmasters Licensing Authority

The Gangmasters Licensing Authority (GLA) has launched a consultation today on a protocol between the GLA and leading supermarkets to help combat labour exploitation in the UK. Developed through discussions with ASDA [part of Wal-Mart], Iceland [part...

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1 May 2009

UK: Gangmasters Licensing Authority launches consultation on how it can work with supermarkets to combat labour exploitation

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1 May 2009

[PDF] Consultation on the GLA and Supermarket Protocol [UK]

Author: Gangmasters Licensing Authority (GLA)

This consultation seeks views on a specific proposal to develop an agreement between the GLA and the retailers. Over the past 12 months, the GLA has been developing an agreement with ASDA, Iceland, Marks and Spencer, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s, Tesco, the...

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26 February 2009

Co-op to help fund oil sands legal fight

Author: Ed Crooks, Financial Times

The UK's Co-op banking and investment group is paying £50,000 ($71,000) to fund a legal action in Canada that could block the development of the country's oil sands by companies such as Royal Dutch Shell and BP. The money will be used to fund evidence...

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5 February 2009

The tax gap debate: how ethical can banks really be?

Author: Richard Brooks, The Guardian [UK]

Widespread tax avoidance means no bank could promise only to invest in companies that don't avoid tax in all countries rather than just in the least developed nations...When the Co-operative Bank [part of Co-operative Group] recently introduced a new...

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2 February 2009

Co-op gets stricter after blocking £1bn in loans on ethical grounds

Author: Phillip Inman, Guardian [UK]

The Co-op bank has adopted stricter rules on lending to firms involved in…environmental damage after demands from customers to extend its ethical banking policy…Oil companies that dig tar sands [will be barred from borrowing from the bank]…Last year ...

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1 January 2009

Ethical banking

Author: Co-operative Bank

Our [Co-operative Bank, part of the Co-operative Group] new bank Ethical Policy for 2009...[including Human Rights, International development, Ecological impact] "We will not finance organisations that take an irresponsible approach to the payment of...

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1 January 2009

[video] Ghana Cocoa Board: The Kuapa Kokoo Story

Author: The Co-operative.tv

The Kuapa Kokoo community in Ghana has grown considerably since it began...Nicholas Adjei-Gyan explains how The Co-operative/ Fairtrade relationship has helped the community, which now consists of 1,200 societies comprising of about 45,000 farmers all...

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4 December 2008

[DOC] Over 230 Companies Worldwide Have a Public Human Rights Policy Statement, On Eve of the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration

Author: Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, Realizing Rights

To mark the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Realizing Rights and the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre have been encouraging more companies to adopt human rights policies...Currently over 230 company policy...

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20 May 2008

Co-operative Bank boycotts funds over human rights

Author: Patrick Hosking, Times [UK]

The Co-operative Bank is boycotting some sovereign wealth funds because of the human rights records of their controlling regimes, it revealed yesterday...It declined to name the funds, but those on its blacklist are thought to include multibillion...

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