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Barclays launches its eighth CR Report


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Barclays has launched its eighth CR Report entitled Corporate Responsibility Report 2006 (Sustainable Banking) at

Covering 2006, the report examines the two main developments driving Barclays' corporate responsibility in 2006 - the growing understanding of the consequences of climate change, and the evolving debate around sustainability.

The report is based on ten key issues and commitments - how Barclays works for its customers; responsible lending; financial inclusion; financing commercial customers; growing internationally; climate change; working with suppliers; Barclays employees; managing its direct environmental impacts; and its global community investment.

Highlights of the report include:

• Barclays' work on responsible lending and data sharing, where across the industry around 350 million bank accounts details have been shared

• the bank's financial inclusion work in the UK and Africa, including an update on its microfinance strategy, as well as the one million basic bank accounts it has provided

• an update on the social and environmental management of its commercial lending practices

• the bank's climate change and environment strategy

• its global community investment programme.

The report was produced in accordance with the both international AA1000 Standard and the 2002 Global Reporting Initiative sustainable reporting guidelines, including the Financial Sector Supplements. Assurance was provided by the Corporate Citizenship Company.

A member of the 2006 Dow Jones Sustainability Index and the 2006 FTSE4Good Index, a Platinum Company in the BITC Corporate Responsibility Index, and ranked in the top 50 of the Global FT500 companies in the Carbon Disclosure Project, Barclays operates in more than 50 countries, employees 123,000 people and has over 27 million customers.

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