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Western Union was part of First Data from 1995 until Sep 2006.

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10 November 2019

Myanmar: CSOs urge Western Union to end its business relationship with a military-owned bank; company responds

An open letter report by 33 civil society organizations alleging that by having a business relationship with a military-owned bank in Myanmar, Western Union is supporting the military’s financial capacity. In turn, the open letter alleges that Western...

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10 November 2019

Myanmar: Western Union reportedly backs Myanmar’s military through its business relationship with military-owned bank

Author: 33 Civil Society Organizations

"Open letter to Western Union President and CEO Hikmet Ersek", 29 Oct 2019...

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Company response
10 November 2019

Western Union's response

Author: Western Union

…Western Union condemns human rights abuses, including human trafficking, human smuggling and any form of modern slavery....

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20 August 2019

Nearly 200 CEOs say their companies are committed to delivering value to all stakeholders, not just shareholders

On August 19, 2019, the Business Roundtable (BRT), a lobbying group composed of leading CEOs in the US, released an updated Statement on the Purpose of a Corporation. This statement expresses a fundamental commitment to all stakeholders, including...

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29 September 2017

Global businesses can achieve social impact, better reputation & increase brand loyalty by including refugees, says report

Author: Cindy Huang et al., Center for Global Development (CGD)

"Global Business and Refugee Crises: A Framework for Sustainable Engagement," September 2017...

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9 December 2016

USA: Corporate Equality Index scores record number of companies full marks for having inclusive policies for LGBT workers

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19 July 2016

USA: President challenges companies to address global refugee crisis

Author: The White House

"FACT SHEET: White House Launches a Call to Action for Private Sector Engagement on the Global Refugee Crisis," 30 Jun 2016...

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Survey response
3 February 2015

Response by Western Union: Myanmar Foreign Investment Tracking Project

[The unofficial Myanmar language translation of this response is available here]...

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26 August 2014

Somaliland: Withdrawal of international money transfer services will negatively impact the poor, says columnist

Author: Michela Wrong, in Foreign Policy

"Franchise Opportunity: Western Union in Somaliland?" 25 August 2014...

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20 August 2013

Western Union refuses China Labor Watch’s request to wire money to China

Author: China Labor Watch

…China Labor Watch (CLW) attempted to send $5,000 via Western Union to China for investigator fees. When our investigator went to receive the wired money in China, the bank told him that the funds had been frozen…Western Union said that it refuses to...

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