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5 February 2002

UN's Annan Warns Not to Punish Poor for Being Poor

Author: Evelyn Leopold, Financial Times

Declaring globalization could backfire on the world economy, U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan warned business leaders on Monday they ignored the billions of poor in the world at their peril.

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5 February 2002

World Economic Forum: It's a wrap

Author: Friends of the Earth

Friends of the Earth International today called on members of the World Economic Forum (WEF) leaving the annual meeting in New York to respond urgently to the challenge of global business accountability - and meet their social and environmental...

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4 February 2002

Companies pledge better 'corporate citizenship'

Author: Alison Maitland, Financial Times

Leaders of 36 international companies will today issue a "corporate citizenship" statement [drawn up by a taskforce of World Economic Forum chief executives], committing them to making responsible behaviour a core part of their business and to forging...

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4 February 2002

Corporate Citizenship "Is Not a Luxury"

Author: World Economic Forum

Corporate social responsibility makes good business sense, but companies must balance the goal of good citizenship placed upon them by society with the traditional aim of profitability required by shareholders. That was the consensus of a panel of...

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4 February 2002

Corporate Leaders Discuss Social Role

Author: World Economic Forum

Corporate leaders have an obligation as global citizens to play a larger role on the world stage, but they need to understand that this role requires them to perform a difficult - and sometimes thankless - balancing act. [panel including CEOs of...

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4 February 2002

Q&A: Bridging the Divide - ‘We should not be talking about profits but about people’

Author: Jennifer Barrett interview of Irene Khan, Newsweek

NEWSWEEK’s Jennifer Barrett spoke with Secretary-General Khan [Amnesty International Secretary-General Irene Khan] about what she hoped to achieve at the World Economic Forum meeting, and whether fellow participants were receptive to her message.

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4 February 2002

The bottom line is hope

Author: Kofi Annan, Financial Times

Companies must take the lead in ensuring that globalisation benefits the many, not just the few, says Kofi Annan

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4 February 2002

WEF consensus that trade more important than aid in cutting poverty, ministers say

Author: AFP

Government ministers summing up discussion at the World Economic Forum (WEF) said there was a consensus that official aid to the Third World must increase but trade could do more to reduce poverty.

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4 February 2002

WORLD SOCIAL FORUM: Annan Asks Participants To Join With Business

Author: Jim Wurst, UN Wire

U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan today called on participants at the World Social Forum in Porto Alegre, Brazil, to make "common cause" with businesses, governments and the United Nations. He is scheduled to make a similar plea for cooperation later...

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3 February 2002

Unlikely Note Is Struck on World Finance Stage - Forum: Bill Gates and Bono challenge the Treasury chief and the U.S. to boost foreign aid

Author: William Orme, Los Angeles Times

...The new focus on health and on environmental problems in poor countries by Gates and other wealthy philanthropists--Ted Turner and the Hewlett and Packard families, among others--has been cited by some U.S. opponents of government assistance as a...

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