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18 October 2004

Big investors want SRI research

Author: Philip Coggan, Financial Times

Leading European institutional investors are challenging the investment banking and broking industries to provide research on socially responsible investment issues. They have written to the main banks and brokers saying they will allocate up to 5 per...

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25 October 2004

Endowment Tied to Sudan - University bought stock in oil firm that activists say helped fuel genocide

Author: Daniel J. Hemel & Zachary M. Seward, Harvard Crimson [USA]

Harvard has invested millions of dollars in a Chinese oil company [PetroChina] whose financial dealings with the Sudanese government, human rights activists say, have funded that regime’s ongoing slaughter of its own people...PetroChina is a spin-off...

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28 October 2004

The value of an investment in human rights

Author: Alison Maitland, Financial Times

...the banking sector is increasingly coming under scrutiny for its role in financing projects that may involve human rights abuses. [refers to Goldman Sachs, Merrill Lynch, HSBC, Barclays, NatWest (part of Royal Bank of Scotland), Standard Chartered,...

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1 December 2004

Kofi Annan Speaks at Wall Street AIDS Day

Author: Evan Mantyk, Epoch Times [USA]

During last week’s World AIDS Day, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan addressed employees and executives from Wall Street firms about the growing impact of AIDS on businesses and the global economy. Participating firms included Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan...

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9 January 2005

Business giants glad to be gay [UK]

Author: Jamie Doward, Observer [UK]

...the gay lobby group Stonewall will release the first 'corporate equality index'. It will rank employers according to criteria ranging from whether they promote anti-discrimination policies to whether they have gay staff in their boardrooms......

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16 January 2005

Ethical Index Raises the Bar for Corporate Inclusion

Author: Poulomi Mrinal Saha, Ethical Corporation

Some high profile firms such as Goldman Sachs have been excluded from the [FTSE4Good] Index in recent years for not meeting ever-stricter criteria on environmental and human rights policy development. Other firms exluded within the last year include...

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20 March 2005

Project finance sparks change

Author: Mike Scott, Financial Times

Businesses that take environmental and social issues seriously will be best placed to gain access to capital in the future, a World Bank executive has told FTfm...the understanding of risk is changing among financial companies as environmental and...

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6 July 2005

[DOC] Update on the Merowe/Hamadab Dam Project, Sudan

Author: International Rivers Network & The Corner House

The following update summarizes the responses [from companies] to the report on the Merowe Dam Project in Sudan that International Rivers Network and The Corner House published in early May 2005, and other recent developments. The main funder of the...

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12 July 2005

Wells Fargo adopts environmental lending policy [USA]

Author: Jonathan Stempel, Reuters

Wells Fargo & Co., the No. 5 U.S. bank, on Monday said it will tighten its lending standards to address potential environmental risks, but the policy met resistance from an advocacy group that has pushed several banks to be more eco-friendly. ...

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9 August 2005

Bond issue sounds ethical alarm

Author: Megan Rowling, BBC

Environmental organisations have warned that major banks may be contravening their environmental and social policies by helping to finance controversial projects indirectly...Recently, they sounded the alarm over a US$1 billion bond sold to...

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