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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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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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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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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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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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14 May 2007

Dash into biofuels can be harmful, says Co-op

Author: Terry Macalister, Guardian

A leading British investor today joins the chorus of concern about a headlong flight into biofuels as a solution for global warming by saying companies involved in the sector could jeopardise future profits by not carefully considering the long-term...

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1 February 2007

Oxfam, Insight Investment project on role of investors in poverty alleviation – report from roundtable on access to water

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4 January 2007

Purer source

Author: Emma Clarke, Supply Management.com

[Commenting on the findings of recent reports on the impact of company codes on working conditions published by the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) and War on Want, Stephanie Barrientos research fellow at IDS said that]...Strategies comprising...

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