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Green & Black’s chocolate launches products with new “Cocoa Life” label - news

By Sangeeta Waldron — Green & Black's, the brand which pioneered organic Fairtrade chocolate, is now launching its first UK product without the familiar Fairtrade label. Instead,...

Smart Works guides UK women into the workplace - news

By Sangeeta Waldron — Leading up to International Women’s Day, I spoke with Jane Shepherdson (JS), MBE, a leading figure in fashion retail, former CEO of Whistles and prior to that,...

BASF argan initiative proves economic and social success - news

As BASF's Argan Programme reaches its 10th anniversary, statistics show that the initiative now benefits 1,000 women in rural Southern Morocco. The initiative was originally designed to...

Travel company books Fair Trade holiday of a lifetime - news

Sumak Travel, the UK based social enterprise that specialises in Latin American ecotourism, has partnered with the Cafédirect Producers’ Foundation (CPF) to launch a range of Fair...

Mars UK joins Fairtrade's Cocoa Sourcing Program - news

It may help consumers work, rest and play but the iconic Mars bar is also now helping to improve the lives of West African cocoa farmers. From today, the first bars featuring...

South Korea tries to clean up home shopping industry - news

South Korea’s home shopping industry is moving to clean up its act under the threat of a punitive government crackdown. The move follows a warning by three government bodies —...

Expelliarmus! Harry Potter chocolate goes Fair Trade - news

Warner Bros, the studio behind the “Harry Potter” movies, is moving forward with plans to make all Harry Potter chocolate sold at Warner Bros outlets and through their licensed...

Korean pharma giant caught paying doctors to prescribe its drugs - news

Dongwha Pharmaceutical, one of the largest drug companies in Korea, has been indicted for paying rebates to doctors in exchange for agreeing to give prescriptions of its own drugs. This is the...

Korea’s POSCO E&C caught in bid rigging - news

POSCO E&C, Korea’s third largest engineering and construction company, has been caught in four different cases of bid rigging this year, and has had to pay fines of KRW 28 billion. The...

Ethex founder makes Divine move - news

Divine Chocolate, the leading Fairtrade company co-owned by cocoa farmers, has appointed Jamie Hartzell as chair of the company board taking effect from last month. Social entrepreneur Jamie...

Global uptick in consumer willingness to back ethical brands - news

The number of consumers willing to pay more for goods and services from ethical companies is on the rise globally, according to a new survey by market research organisation Nielsen. The...

The art of working in collaborative partnerships - news

Collaboration, either between different divisions of large corporates, or between companies and organisations in related fields, is not just a simple case of pooling expertise. There are lots...

Keeping Body Shop & soul together - news

Paul McGreevy is international values & r&d director at The Body Shop. He tells Ethical Performance about the role of CR within the ethical British beauty retailer that boasts over...

Few companies calculate fiscal effect of sustainability - news

All US companies except one in the Standard & Poor’s 500 list make some sustainability disclosure but few calculate its effect on their financial performance, says a new report....

Financial services grow in developing nations - news

Financial services will be available to hundreds of thousands more low-income people under new commitments to Business Call to Action (BCtA), the UN anti-poverty programme. The projects will...

Ben & Jerry's goes Fairtrade - news

As part of Ben & Jerry’s drive to make its entire range of ice creams, frozen yogurts and sorbets Fairtrade certified by the end of this year, the chain announced last month that it is...

Living wage: ethics and economics converge - news

No global supply chains consistently pay a living wage. While food prices and energy costs escalate, the issue of a living wage has become more important – and challenging – than...

Global fairtrade fund makes debut - news

A Zurich-based SRI firm has launched what it is calling the world’s first global fairtrade fund. With the aim of generating “a reasonable return on investment by worldwide...

US fairtrade body opts for volume over standards - news

The US branch of the world fairtrade organisation has split from its parent body as part of an effort to increase its influence by relaxing standards. Fair Trade USA broke with Fairtrade...

Recession fails to dampen UK demand for fair trade products but organic sector falters - news

The strength of fair trade products in the UK is revealed in a study highlighting their continuing growth in the face of recession, a contrast to the sharp decline in the sales of similar goods...

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Wooden floor maker Kahrs of Sweden has become the first company to place an order for Forest Stewardship Council and Fairtrade dual-labelled timber from Chile, to be delivered later this year.

Fairtrade exceeds £1bn - news

Annual UK sales of goods carrying the Fairtrade mark have passed £1billion ($1.6bn, €1.2bn) for the first time, bucking the recessionary trend in other spending areas. A late...

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‘Fair trade’ condoms are to be marketed by a British company. Fair Squared, which uses rubber sourced from India, is in talks with large retailers about taking the product to the UK...

Wind energy gets new label - news

The first consumer label identifying companies using products made with wind energy has been created by a group of NGOs and businesses. Windmade will offer consumers a way to test leading...

Fairtrade rejects ‘froth’ slur - news

The Fairtrade Foundation has countered allegations that its labelled products may not deliver as many benefits as claimed. The Institute of Economic Affairs, a right-wing UK-based think...

Hershey’s debut is hit by spoiler tactics - news

A group of NGOs has released an alternative CSR report on the activities of the multinational confectioner Hershey’s, simultaneously with the publication of the company’s own first...

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The world’s first fair trade photographic greetings cards have been introduced by Netherlands-based Fairmail Cards. The cards will provide photographers, all teenagers from India and Peru,...

Action Aid hits Asda in the pocket - news

A charity has taken the unusual step of placing messages in Asda clothing detailing the supermarket chain’s track record on factory workers’ pay. Asda, the UK-based retailer owned by...

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The husband of Anita Roddick and co-founder of The Body Shop has been awarded an 'ethical award' for lifetime achievement by The Observer newspaper. Gordon Roddick also founded The...

Smoothie company pledges ethical future - news

Innocent, the British maker of the Smoothie drink, has tried to assure consumers that its ethical stance will continue, after Coca-Cola bought a majority share in the company. Coca-Cola's move...

M&S goes Fairtrade on vegetables - news

Marks & Spencer is set to become the UK’s first retailer to sell Fairtrade vegetables, following the conclusion of a two-year negotiation with the Fairtrade certification scheme. Green beans...

Miners get Fairtrade mark - news

The first certification system for artisanal gold mining has been created by the Fairtrade Foundation and the Alliance for Responsible Mining (ARM) in an attempt to impose some order on...

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Two of the world’s biggest fair trade organizations are to collaborate on improving working conditions and sustainability in the tea industry. The Ethical Tea Partnership (ETP) and the...

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Ben & Jerry’s, the ice cream company, is to have all its products certified as fair trade, after having overcome resistance from parent group Unilever. Ben & Jerry’s,...

‘Social stock exchange’ could be 18 months away - news

Money is being raised to start a global stock exchange that will allow investors to trade exclusively in companies with social and environmental goals. The Social Stock Exchange, to be...

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The first Fairtrade cocoa from Sierra Leone is being sold by Divine Chocolate. Divine, a company co-owned by cocoa farmers, now counts Sierra Leone’s Fairtrade-certified co-operative Kpeya...

A look at CSR’s continental shift - news

CSR Europe has produced a new guide on the state of corporate responsibility in Europe. Here  EP summarises some of its conclusions about the progress – or lack of it – being...

Kraft tries to curb fears over Cadbury’s future - news

US food giant Kraft has pledged to maintain social responsibility programmes at the UK confectionery business Cadbury, which it will be buying for £11.9billion ($19.2bn, €13.7bn)....

Now Kit Kats go down fairtrade route - news

Nestle has become the latest chocolate confectioner to sign up for a sustainability certification mark.   The world’s biggest food company will pay its Ivory Coast cocoa suppliers...

Ethical shopping guide notes big gulf in best and worst practice - news

There’s a wide disparity between best and worst performers on CSR standards in the UK, according to the latest edition of The Good Shopping Guide, which rates products from banks to washing...

Cocoa farmers pass the test - news

Two cocoa producing farmer co-operatives in the Ivory Coast have become the first to be certified under a cocoa sustainability programme created by UTZ Certified, a Dutch body that also runs...

Big M&S push on CSR becomes ‘cost positive’ - news

Marks & Spencer’s five-year social and environmental programme has paid for itself after two years and is now making money for the company. The UK-based high street retailer...

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Two British retailers specializing in eco-friendly, organic and fair trade products – ethicalsuperstore.com and Natural Collection – have merged. The new company predicts 2009-10...

Galaxy bars get certified - news

The world’s largest chocolate company has become the latest confectioner to sign up for a sustainability certification mark. Mars has announced that its Galaxy chocolate will become...

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An online game has been devised to clarify the problems of ethical supply chain management. The Buying Game, introduced last month by the fair trade company Traidcraft and the Chartered...

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Tate & Lyle announced last month that it will move its entire retail cane-sugar range to Fairtrade, marking the largest switch to the ethical labelling scheme by any major UK food or drink...

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Co-operative supermarkets are to become the first UK retailer to convert their entire own-brand hot beverage range to Fairtrade. The chain switched its own-brand coffee in 2003, but now all...

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Jewellery retailer Tiffany is to fund a feasibility study of fair trade certification for diamonds. The company will provide $100,000 (£50,000) through its foundation to the fair trade...

corporate responsibility and the Millennium Development Goals - news

When the countries of the world agreed ambitious targets for combating extreme poverty, hunger and disease at the UN Millennium Summit, 2015 sounded a long way off. Now, with just seven years to...

food sector guidelines on the way - news

Work will start soon on specific indicators to improve the quality of information in food companies' sustainability reports. The indicators will be developed by a Global Reporting Initiative...

Eurostar links up with FoE - news

Eurostar has become only the second company to be chosen as an official partner of Friends of the Earth. FoE, which is normally reluctant to forge links with business, signed a deal last month...

Sainsbury’s gives boost to Fairtrade supplies - news

The availability of ethically sourced products in British supermarkets further increased last month as Sainsbury’s announced that its own-brand range of tea will become Fairtrade-certified during...

‘she put a bomb under the business world’ - news

What lasting influence did The Body Shop founder Anita Roddick, who died last month aged 64, have on business behaviour? EP asked a handful of specialists for their views. John Elkington,...

a brilliant blend of social activism and entrepreneurship - news

Some pioneers die unsung. Not Anita Roddick. The most remarkable thing about the reaction to her death was the focus not on what she did, but what she began. There are many campaigners in her...

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Anne Tallontire joins Leeds University’s Sustainability Research Institute this month as lecturer in business, environment and corporate responsibility. She moves from the Natural Resources...

Black Gold - news

Independent film. Cert: U. 78 mins, dir: Nick & Marc Francis www.blackgoldmovie.com This well-constructed but sometimes woolly documentary is a call to arms for fair trade in the coffee...

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Divine Chocolate, the UK-based fair trade business, has formed a US sister company with headquarters in Washington DC. The US business will have roughly the same ownership model as its UK...

M&S sets the pace in the supermarket sector - news

Marks & Spencer has produced an ambitious 100-point five-year plan on social and environmental issues that, among other things, aims to 'set new standards' in ethical trading and promote a...

principles seek to promote ‘economic responsibility’ - news

A leading consultancy is advancing the debate about the responsibilities of multinationals with a set of principles that enjoins the companies to use their position as ‘economic actors’ to the...

Xstrata is new face on short list - news

Mining group Xstrata has been short-listed for the UK Sustainability Reporting Awards, to be announced next March. Xstrata, a Switzerland-based company listed on the London Stock Exchange and...

Fairtrade Foundation plays down low wage claims - news

The Fairtrade Foundation has hit back at newspaper allegations that coffee producers using its label are breaching fair trade principles. The Financial Times has claimed to have found breaches...

NEC puts main suppliers under ethical microscope - news

The Japanese information technology giant NEC has begun for the first time to formally assess the social and environmental performance of its suppliers. NEC began extending its social and...

Fair trade label looks to China - news

Social Accountability International (SAI) and Solidaridad, a Dutch organization that fights poverty through fair trade, have started to seek out ethical suppliers in China's textile sector....

firms urged to view tax as ‘social contract’ - news

The SustainAbility consultancy has added its voice to growing calls for companies to treat tax avoidance as a corporate responsibility matter. In a new report, SustainAbility argues that...

M&S uses fair trade to underline CSR campaign - news

Marks & Spencer hopes to steal a march on its competitors this month by becoming the first large UK retailer to sell clothing made from 100 per cent Fairtrade cotton. UK arrangements to...

brand launch by Nestlé boosts fair trade hopes - news

A further sign that fair trade products are entering mainstream UK business came last month as the food giant Nestlé launched its first Fairtrade certified coffee. The new instant coffee...

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The Fairtrade Foundation, which runs the Fairtrade Mark, has engaged The Forster Company to raise public awareness of fair trade and to increase sales of products. The Forster Company, which...

data collection demands get Disney animated - news

Simply keeping up-to-date records on suppliers is one of the main challenges of Walt Disney's global programme to monitor labour standards, the project's European boss has said. Elise More, the...

Cummins is best corporate citizen - news

The engine manufacturer Cummins has taken top place in the annual US 100 Best Corporate Citizens awards. Cummins, based in Indiana, was cited as ‘a world leader in emissions reductions’. Second...

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Two supermarkets , Tesco and Somerfield, have begun stocking a fair trade coffee at prices close to those of mainstream brands. The Percol coffee, produced by UK-based Food Brands Group, costs...

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The herbs and spices industry is creating a body to promote fair trade and biodiversity. The Herb and Spice Stewardship Council, modelled on the Forest Stewardship Council, which sets standards...

reshuffle brings new face to CSR ministerial post - news

Nigel Griffiths has become the UK’s fourth CSR minister to be appointed to the post since it was created four years ago. He replaced Stephen Timms in a government...

global flower trade set to adopt social labelling - news

An industry-wide social labelling scheme is to be introduced in Europe by international flower producers and sellers. The organizers of the scheme, called Fair Flowers...

Oxfam moves into fair trade cafe business - news

One of the UK’s largest non-governmental organizations is to set up a fair trade coffee business in partnership with the coffee buying company Matthew Algie. Oxfam...

fair trade bears fruit for Co-op - news

A UK supermarket chain is to dramatically increase its own-brand fair-trade product range for commercial reasons. The Co-operative Group discovered that when it switched...

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Birmingham University in the UK has declared itself a ‘fair trade organization’ after campaigning by students. The university will stock fair trade...

P&G adopts fair trade coffee - news

Procter & Gamble is to introduce fair trade coffee into its US product range through its coffee division Millstone. US shareholder activists have filed a number of...

48% of retailers have no code - news

Half of UK retailers still do not have a code of conduct for their suppliers, a study has found. Of 417 retailing brands operated by 223 parent companies studied by...

UK’s ethical goods market makes further leap forward - news

Consumer spending on ethical goods in the UK rose by almost a fifth for the second year running in 2001, according to the Co-operative Bank’s Ethical Purchasing Index....

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The UK’s biggest fair trade organization, Traidcraft, is to raise £3.25million ($5m) through a share issue. Although the 23 year-old company expects the shares will offer a...

charities could be forced to disclose stance on SRI - news

Proposals to require charities to disclose whether they have a socially responsible investment policy have been unveiled by an influential policy unit set up by the UK prime...

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Starbucks Coffee Company is to add fair trade coffee to its stocks in all its UK shops by this summer. The company, which has more than 5000 stores worldwide, decided...

ministry will back fair trade - news

The UK’s Department for Culture, Media and Sport has said it will favour fair trade suppliers over others, but only if they provide value for money. Kim Howells told...

UK ethical purchases rise by 18 per cent - news

Consumer spending on ethical goods in the UK rose by almost a fifth in 2000, according to a purchasing index devised by the Co-operative Bank and the New Economics...

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A UK government unit has been set up to ‘promote and develop business with a social purpose’. The Social Enterprise Unit, launched by Douglas Alexander, minister for corporate...

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EQ Management has appointed three new corporate social responsibility specialists to its team. Christele Delbe, who has previously worked as an ethical investment researcher for...

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The Fair Trade Foundation has appointed Harriet Lamb as its new executive director. Lamb, who was previously banana co-ordinator at the Fair Trade Labelling...

events scaled down as ‘hot air’ level rises - news

One of the leading bodies on corporate social responsibility is scaling down its conference programme amid fears that the field is now awash with competing events....

clothing company backs ethical trading - news

The Swiss clothing retailer Charles Vogele has agreed to become a ‘marketing partner’ of the fair trade company Amana, which runs the Link label. The...

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High street retailers are predicting a greater demand for fair trade goods in response to changes in the purchasing habits of consumers, says a report commissioned by...

insurance giant asks ethical questions - news

Co-operative Insurance Society (CIS) has sent questionnaires to 200 UK companies in which it invests, asking for information on their social, environmental and ethical...

B&Q to move its ethical approach into China - news

The home improvement company B&Q is to extend its work on ethical trading to China, where it buys goods from more than 300 factories. The move is likely to be watched closely by...

Shell and Co-op share social report honours - news

Shell International and the Co-operative Bank have taken joint first prize in the first UK Social Reporting Awards. Runner-up was United Utilities, with the fair trade...

more supermarkets sign fair trade deals - news

Two more UK supermarkets – Waitrose and Sainsbury’s – have decided to sell fair trade fresh produce. Their decision follows a pioneering move earlier this year by the Co-operative...

CSR remains on review agenda - news

Lobbying has begun to try to bolster proposals from the UK company law review on environmental and social reporting. The latest proposals from the review, which was set up...

UK stores scramble to sign up fair trade deals - news

Most of the UK’s biggest supermarkets are expected to begin selling fair trade fresh produce in the near future, following a decision by the Co-operative Wholesale Society...

fair trade leader reports another good year for its suppliers - news

Traidcraft, the UK’s biggest fair trade company, has reported its seventh successive year of growth in purchases from suppliers. The Gateshead-based business, which sells food,...

directors’ duties and the company law review - news

The best way of ensuring that directors’ decisions take stakeholder interests fully into account is to introduce legal minimum standards for social and environmental reporting, argues...

MPs issue warning to UK business - news

A cross-party UK parliamentary committee has warned businesses they have a duty to use their influence in developing countries to promote social development. In a...

supermarkets in fair trade talks - news

The Fairtrade Foundation has begun negotiations with a number of UK supermarket chains about supplying them with fair trade bananas from the Dominican Republic. The Foundation...

Fair Trade USA - companies

Wessanen releases Sustainability Report 2016 - reports

Every year Wessanen releases its integrated Annual Report including the latest Sustainability Report, highlighting the company’s approach to creating environmental and social impact.

Wessanen, 250 years on, our journey to a green future - reports

Healthier food, healthier people, healthier planet     Wessanen is a leading company in the European market for healthy and sustainable food. It achieved revenue from...

Sustainable Foods Summit - calendar

The Sustainable Foods Summit is a series of international summits that focuses on the leading issues the food industry faces concerning sustainability and eco-labels, such as Organic, Fair...

Facilitation Training Day - calendar

' Very interesting event. Learnt a lot of great techniques ' Helena Merriott (Westminster Council) ' Very engaging facilitator, a good example ' Stephen Davis (Natural England) ' Superb! '...

Climate Change: Effective Communication - calendar

‘ I’d recommend this course to anyone wishing to engage people on climate change. ’ Simon Mills (City of London) ‘ Interesting and engaging on the topic…Thank you! ’ Laurie Bennett (Futerra...

Working with Communities - calendar

The importance of working well with communities is now widely recognised. It is not just about working with local people, but with active communities and organisations within them. This course...

Climate Change: Effective Communication (London) - calendar

‘I’d recommend this course to anyone wishing to engage people on climate change.’ Simon Mills (City of London) ‘Interesting and engaging on the topic…Thank you!’ Laurie Bennett (Futerra...

i.e. All You Ever Wanted To Know About Ethical Investment - calendar

The conference organised by i.e and raising money for TortureCare will give the participants an opportunity to talk to many of the leading figures who are actually practicing ethical investment....

The Sustainable Foods Summit - calendar

The Sustainable Foods Summit will explore new horizons in sustainability for eco-labels. How do organic, fair trade and other eco-labels contribute to sustainability? What role should they play in...

World Congress on Organic Cotton – From Fashion to Sustainability - calendar

On the occasion of the UN Year of Natural Fibers 2009 the International Congress on Organic Cotton ‘From Fashion to Sustainability’ is organized by Helvetas, in collaboration with the international...

Puma issues its fifth sustainability report - reports

Multinational sports clothing company Puma has taken the unusual step of issuing its fifth sustainability report in online format only – to reduce its environmental impact.

L'Oreal publishes its 2008 report - reports

Cosmetics company L'Oréal has published its 2008 Sustainable Development Report.

The Co-operative Group CSR Report - reports

The Group’s new Corporate Social Responsibility Report 2004 reveals that community investment stood at £7.3m ($12.9m), or 3.2 per cent of pre-tax profit, up from 2.5 per cent in 2003 despite a 26...

L'Oreal's 2005 Sustainable Development Report - reports

Cosmetics company L'Oréal has published its 2005 Sustainable Development Report, available in pdf and hard copy

Corporate responsibility and global business: implications for corporate and marketing strategy - calendar

Corporate responsibility has gone global, securing the attention of business leaders, governments and NGOs to an extent never seen before. The strategic significance of corporate responsibility...

UBS invests in sustainability for financial and societal return - bestpractice

Banking came into its own in the first industrial revolution. Banks were the intermediaries between the people with money and the ideas and opportunities of the community they served. Now,...

L'Oréal releases its 2007 Sustainable Development Report - reports

Cosmetics company L'Oréal has published its 2007 Sustainable Development Report.

growing together - bestpractice

Cafédirect puts great store on enabling its suppliers to build sustainable businesses and communities. So it invests eight per cent of gross profits on a programme...

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