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4 July 2001

Book review: Taming the corporation

Author: Anne Simpson, senior specialist in corporate governance at the World Bank and a director of Pensions Investment Research Consultants, in Financial Times

Anne Simpson says a new book identifies a central obstacle to improving corporate governance but does not offer a full solution - review of The New Global Investors: How Shareowners Can Unlock Sustainable Prosperity Worldwide by Robert A.G. Monks

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3 July 2001

Americans are Looking for Good Corporate Citizens, But Aren't Finding Them, According to Hill and Knowlton 2001 Corporate Citizen Watch

Author: Hill and Knowlton, CSR Wire

A survey conducted by Hill and Knowlton through Harris Interactive found that a majority of Americans consider corporate citizenship - the impact a company has on society - when making investment and purchasing decisions. The bad news is that...

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3 July 2001

ARESE Launches New European Sustainability Index

Author: Mark Thomsen, SocialFunds.com

ARESE, a Paris-based firm that conducts research on corporate social, environmental and sustainability performance, recently announced the introduction of the first of a series of new indexes. The first index, the ASPI Eurozone, will track the...

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29 June 2001

Corporations Feel Heat on Global Issues; Record Votes in 2001 Annual Meeting Seasons

Author: Investor Responsibility Resource Center [IRRC]

Shareholders in record numbers want companies to adopt global labor standards to ensure fair, decent working conditions for overseas employees, according to an analysis of 2001 proxy votes by the Investor Responsibility Research Center.

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26 June 2001

Funds develop a taste for clean green energy

Author: Stephanie Holmes, Reuters

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25 June 2001

Companies reject disclosure pleas [UK]

Author: Vanessa Houlder, Financial Times

ENVIRONMENTAL PERFORMANCE: Nearly half the country's largest companies have rejected repeated requests by the government to disclose information about their environmental and social performance, according to a report published today

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21 June 2001

FRIENDS IVORY AND SIME - Socially Responsible Investment

Author: Ethical Performance magazine

Fund manager Friends Ivory & Sime argues that institutional investors have a responsibility to encourage companies to improve their governance of ethical and environmental issues. Its new Responsible Engagement Overlay [REO] service enables...

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2 June 2001

China: Investors warned off Three Gorges bonds

Author: Inter Press Service, in Asia Times

Continuing with their effort to block financing of China's Three Gorges Dam, environmentalists are warning investors that bonds to be sold soon will indirectly finance the mammoth hydropower project that critics say will be a social and environmental...

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1 June 2001

Judge dismisses Indians suits against Texaco

Author: Reuters

A federal judge [U.S. District Court Judge Jed Rakoff] this week dismissed lawsuits against Texaco brought by rainforest Indians of Ecuador and Peru who alleged the oil company contaminated their water and land

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31 May 2001

Activists Warn Investors about Banks of the Yangtze

Author: Danielle Knight, Inter Press Service

Continuing with their effort to block financing of China's Three Gorges Dam, environmentalists are warning investors that bonds to be sold soon will indirectly finance the mammoth hydropower project that critics say will be a social and environmental...

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