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31 May 2009

British supermarkets accused over destruction of Amazon rainforest

Author: David Adam, Guardian [UK]

British supermarkets are driving rapid destruction of the Amazon rainforest by using meat from farms responsible for illegal deforestation…The report names Tesco, Sainsbury's, Asda [part of Wal-Mart], Morrisons and Marks and Spencer among dozens of...

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18 May 2009

[PDF] New report reveals the down-side of flexible labour [UK & Ireland]

Author: Ecumenical Council for Corporate Responsibility (ECCR)

Migrant workers fill many agency, seasonal and temporary jobs in the UK and Ireland. But, according to a new report published this week by the Ecumenical Council for Corporate Responsibility (ECCR), they remain vulnerable to very low pay, over-long...

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8 May 2009

[PDF] GLA – Supermarket Protocol

Author: Gangmasters Licensing Authority

The Gangmasters Licensing Authority (GLA) has launched a consultation today on a protocol between the GLA and leading supermarkets to help combat labour exploitation in the UK. Developed through discussions with ASDA [part of Wal-Mart], Iceland [part...

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1 May 2009

UK, Ireland: ECCR report on vulnerability of migrant workers to exploitation – compares policies & practices of 9 firms

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1 May 2009

UK: Gangmasters Licensing Authority launches consultation on how it can work with supermarkets to combat labour exploitation

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1 May 2009

[PDF] Consultation on the GLA and Supermarket Protocol [UK]

Author: Gangmasters Licensing Authority (GLA)

This consultation seeks views on a specific proposal to develop an agreement between the GLA and the retailers. Over the past 12 months, the GLA has been developing an agreement with ASDA, Iceland, Marks and Spencer, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s, Tesco, the...

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1 May 2009

[PDF] Vulnerable Migrant Workers: The Responsibility of Business

Author: Ecumenical Council for Corporate Responsibility (ECCR)

ECCR is concerned about the extent to which migrant workers are vulnerable to exploitation, denied workplace rights and insecure in employment…Companies and investors have a responsibility to reduce the incidence of vulnerable work throughout the...

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30 April 2009

[DOC] Memorandum of Evidence to the Joint Committee on Human Rights

Author: ActionAid UK

The key points of this paper will be that: the UK government is lagging behind the debate on business and human rights. It continues to place too much emphasis on voluntary approaches which makes its overall approach to business and human rights...

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1 March 2008

[PDF] Taking The Temperature

Author: Rory Sullivan, Insight Investment [UK]

In 2007, we initiated a project to assess how companies are managing their greenhouse gas emissions...In total, we assessed 125 companies, covering the FTSE100...and large cap European stocks…47 of the 125 companies have stabilised or reduced their...

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15 August 2007

Misery at bottom of supermarket supply chain [UK]

Author: Felicity Lawrence, Guardian [UK]

British supermarkets were under renewed pressure to clean up abuses in their supply chains yesterday as a Guardian investigation revealed that 40 Bulgarians found by the authorities to be illegally employed and exploited by a gangmaster in Cornwall...

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