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14 July 2007

The bandwagon comes in various hues of green

Author: Daniel Thomas, Financial Times

...[R]ecently launched financial products now make it very easy for savers and spenders alike to feel they are doing their bit for the environment. Whether or not this is really the case has been questioned, however, with cynics suggesting that green...

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2 August 2007

Ethical future of chocolate is Divine [Ghana]

Author: Jenny Wiggins, Financial Times

Divine Chocolate…believes that it has found a competitive edge: giving the growers of its cocoa beans a stake in its business and connecting them with customers…some 45 per cent is owned by the people who grow the cocoa beans that make its chocolate… ...

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3 February 2008

Co-op to increase Fairtrade range

Author: Jenny Wiggins, Financial Times

The Co-operative supermarket chain, once the UK’s biggest retailer of Fairtrade-branded products, plans to switch all its own-brand teas to Fairtrade and to stop selling eggs from caged hens as it tries to reclaim its position as the country’s leading...

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1 May 2008

Co-operative Bank rejects loan applications from companies controlled by sovereign wealth funds of countries with poor human rights records

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1 May 2008

Defending Human Rights

Author: Co-operative Bank

The Co-operative Bank and Amnesty International have joined forces to mark the 60th Anniversary of the UDHR with a campaign to raise awareness and call for action on human rights issues.

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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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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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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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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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