In the green dock: corporate targets [sub-section of article entitled "Asda 'exploiting loophole' for store space"]

Author: Julia Finch & Neil Hume, Guardian [UK], Published on: 19 April 2003

FoE [Friends of the Earth] is also targeting some of Britain's largest listed firms, which it claims are putting profits before people and the environment; it has bought shares in 18 publicly quoted firms and has been questioning boards about the impact their businesses are having on the environment. The campaign, to run through the summer, started this week when FoE accused Rio Tinto of human rights abuses and environmental destruction in Indonesia at its AGM. FoE is also pushing for UK law changes requiring firms to take account of their wider responsibilities and offer affected communities redress or compensation when they fail to do so. The 18 firms targeted...: British American Tobacco (Activities in Burma and use of pesticides in Brazil); Associated British Ports; Rio Tinto (Destructive mining activities in Indonesia); Shell (Environmental damage in the Philippines; South Africa, Nigeria and US); Barclays (Rainforest destruction in Indonesia); BP (Impact of the Baku to Ceyan Russian pipeline); Anglo American (Mining in South America and Africa); BAE Systems; Amec (Subsidiary Spie has a construction contract for BP's Baku-Ceyan pipeline); Premier Oil; Balfour Beatty; P&O; HSBC (Oil industry involvement in Sudan); Tesco; British Airways; Sainsbury; Safeway; BAA.

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Related companies: Anglo American ASDA (part of Walmart) Associated British Ports BAE Systems Balfour Beatty Barclays BP British Airports Authority (now Heathrow Airport Holdings) British Airways British American Tobacco HSBC Premier Oil Rio Tinto Safeway UK (part of Morrisons) Shell Tesco Wood (formerly Amec Foster Wheeler)