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ethics database is launched

February 2000

A new business ethics database has been launched on the internet.

The Corporate Critic service, which claims to outline the ethical performance of more than 20,000 companies across the world, has been set up by the Manchester-based, not-for-profit Ethical Consumer Research Association, using information it has collected over the past ten years.

The web site has been launched partly to meet anticipated demand from pension funds. Trustees are considering a socially responsible investment approach in the wake of the government’s new requirement that funds should state their policy on ethical investment.

Corporate Critic manager Rob Harrison said the information would be presented as hard data with no comment, but would largely be negative. ‘We will have positive stuff only where it updates a previous negative entry, such as when a company stops testing on animals,’ he said. ‘We feel people can source positive stuff from the companies themselves.’




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