ESG News Review 11 — 17 January 2014

20 01 2014

Alstom appeared among the most praised companies last week, as it announced it would cease engaging sales consultants to ensure it “conducts business in a responsible way and strives to achieve the highest ethical standards”. Alstom is also calling for a target of more than 30% of renewable energy sourced in Europe by 2030. Hewlett-Packard […]

ESG News Review 6 — 12 July 2013

13 07 2013

GlaxoSmithKline has been the most criticized company last week, as some of its executives in China confessed to “bribery and tax violations”. Microsoft also received substantial negative coverage after The Guardian revealed the company “has collaborated closely with U.S. intelligence services to allow users’ communications to be intercepted”. On the positive side, The Coca-Cola Company […]

Retailers Fight to Escape ‘Conflict Minerals’ Law

2 12 2010

Top U.S. retailers including Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and Target Corp. are battling to limit a new federal law that could force them to report whether their store-brand goods contain minerals from war-torn Central Africa. The requirement, part of the Dodd-Frank financial law passed in July, aims to pressure companies to spurn so-called conflict minerals–tin, tantalum, […]

Target under fire over political donations and GLBT rights

17 08 2010

Several US newspapers and blogs comment on current protests against Target over its recent political donation to a Republican politician known to be critical of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender rights. The Human Rights Campaign has asked that the US retailer contribute an equal amount to candidates who support gay-friendly causes. On Monday the company […]

Wal-Mart pledges $2 billion in food and grants to fight hunger

13 05 2010

Wal-Mart announced plans Wednesday to donate $2 billion over five years to food banks and hunger relief organizations, one of the largest charitable efforts that the nation’s largest grocer has undertaken. The Bentonville, Ark.-based chain said it will give more than 1.1 billion pounds of food — from packaged goods to fresh produce — to […]

Boeing named best company for diversity

27 04 2009

Boeing has been named the most preferred employer in a readership survey conducted by a career-guidance and recruitment magazine. In the latest survey, Equal Opportunity magazine randomly selected 1,000 of its readers and asked them to name the employers, in both the private and public sectors, for whom they would most like to work or […]

Old Habits Die Hard: Banning Child Labor Practices in the Uzbek Cotton Sector

27 11 2008

The issue of child labor strikes an emotional chord with a vast majority of consumers. When the BBC released a segment detailing the ongoing horrors of child labor in Uzbekistan’s cotton industry in October 2007, massive public attention was drawn to the world’s third largest exporter of cotton and its unsettling child rights abuses. The […]