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coalition attacks ‘abject failure’

January 2006

The European finance sector has been ‘largely ineffectual’ in its attempts to address its social and environmental responsibilities over the past few years, according to a coalition of ten charities.

The Corporate Responsibility Coalition, which includes Amnesty International, Christian Aid, WWF, The Corner House, and New Economics Foundation, says voluntary initiatives in the sector such as the Equator Principles, which provide a framework for considering ethical factors when investing in large projects, ‘have failed to achieve progress in the sector as a whole’.

In a new study, A Big Deal?, the coalition argues that financial services companies are guilty of a number of sins, including an ‘abject failure’ to factor in the financial risks of climate change, helping companies ‘to siphon off much-needed tax revenues from cash-strapped developing countries’ through tax havens, and failing to get to grips with corruption.

They argue that only greater regulation from the European Union, including the imposition of mandatory social reporting, will bring improvements.



Further Information
http://www.corporate-responsibility.org
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