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10 August 2001

UK Tops EU Illegal Timber League

Author: Friends of the Earth

According to an analysis of data on illegal logging, as much as 60% of tropical timber sold in the UK is likely to be from illegal sources, Friends of the Earth reveals today. This makes the UK the largest importer of illegal tropical timber in Europe...

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5 August 2001

Top Pension Funds Must Raise Their Game

Author: Friends of the Earth

FOE's [Friends of the Earth] survey shows that most funds [UK pension funds] now include socially responsible investment in their investment strategy. But many still put few or no obligations on fund managers to engage actively with the firms in which...

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1 August 2001

CDC [Commonwealth Development Corporation] projects criticised over impacts [Indonesia]

Author: Down to Earth Newsletter

Communities in Kalimantan are trying to secure fair compensation for lands and resources from two oil palm plantation companies funded by CDC, the British private investment agency. Although some moves towards negotiations have been made, CDC still...

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31 July 2001

UK Government hosts meeting to discuss how to tackle slave labour

Author: Anti-Slavery International

On the 25 July 2001, the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) hosted a workshop to discuss working practices in cocoa production in West Africa.

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31 July 2001

UK McDonald's fined for under-age jobs

Author: BBC News

A franchise in Camberley, Surrey, which runs two outlets, admitted 20 offences involving the illegal employment of children under 16.

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26 July 2001

UK water industry says climate change threat urgent

Author: Reuters

Climate change will hit water and wastewater services first and most strongly, and preparations to combat the threat must start now, Britain's water industry body Water UK said yesterday.

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22 July 2001

BP: a friend of the earth? [regarding FTSE4GOOD]

Author: Jill Insley, Observer [UK]

Jill Insley explains how the oil giant became a 'socially sound' investment: A fund holding shares in oil and pharmaceutical companies is unlikely to meet most people's definition of an environmentally or socially sound investment. So it's not...

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20 July 2001

Criticism as [UK] overseas arms sales rise to $2.4bn

Author: Andrew Parker, Financial Times

The value of Britain's arms sales overseas increased last year to £1.7bn ($2.4bn), sparking criticism of the government for allowing weapons sales to countries embroiled in conflicts and to states with poor human rights records. The Department of...

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15 July 2001

DTI [United Kingdom Department of Trade and Industry] courts 'ethical' Shell in drive to develop green energy

Author: Heather Tomlinson, Independent [UK]

The Government is in talks with Shell to try to persuade the oil giant to invest in developing renewable energy plants in the UK. Shell recently announced it would invest between $500m (£360m) and $1bn (£650m) in renewable energy worldwide - and the...

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11 July 2001

New index [FTSE4Good index] riles campaigners

Author: Geoff Gibbs, Guardian [UK]

The launch of a new series of indices for socially responsible investors provoked immediate controversy yesterday, with strong criticism from environmental and human rights campaigners over the inclusion of certain oil and drugs companies, and...

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