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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,...

When it comes to CSR, keep on keeping on - news

This is my final issue at the helm of Ethical Performance. It’s been an extremely interesting and enlightening three years, the spirit of which I shall endeavour to take with me. One...

Slaves in the supply chain: how far are we willing to look? - news

Michael Pollitt examines the background to the proposed Modern Slavery Bill Two hundred years after Wilberforce, an unexpected slave trade boom has forced the world to revise its...

Lobbying – the ‘next big thing’ in CSR - news

In July, it was widely reported that the UK Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, had been “defeated” in his attempts to water down the UK’s carbon budget - which sets...

Confectionery giants make significant palm oil progress - news

Both The Hershey Company and Cadbury maker, Mondelez International, say they have made siginficant progress in their moves towards a sustainable supply chain for palm oil. Mondelez has...

Mondelez hits sustainable palm oil target two years early - news

Cadbury owner Mondelez International has achieved Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) coverage for 100% of the palm oil it bought in 2013 – two years ahead of schedule....

Back to the future for CSR professionals? - news

For nearly two decades I have been privileged to lead many of The Co-operative Group’s excellent ethical and environmental programmes. The Co-operative Bank’s charismatic md, Terry...

Avon makes new pledge on palm oil - news

The beauty group Avon has become the latest company to commit to sustainable palm oil. The multinational joins Boots, Cadbury and Kraft Foods in a commitment to purchase GreenPalm...

Green & Black's meets Fairtrade pledge - news

Organic chocolate firm Green and Black’s has met its target for full Fairtrade certification across its chocolate bars and drinks range in the UK, nine months ahead of schedule. The company, which...

Eminent corporations - news

Andrew Simms  & David Boyle. Constable & Robinson. Paperback. 372 pgs. £8.99 Subtitled ‘the rise and fall of the great British corporation’, this is an...

inbrief - news

Cadbury has announced the details of how it will spend a £500,000 ‘social premium’ for Ghanaian cocoa farmers as part of its Fairtrade certification. The money is the first...

inbrief - news

Burton’s Foods, the UK’s second largest biscuit company, is to certify all its palm oil as sustainably sourced. Burton’s will test all its products, including Jammie Dodgers,...

Kraft may have good intentions, but its buyout raises questions - news

Will Kraft’s takeover of Cadbury damage the British company’s corporate responsibility profile? Who can be sure?   It would be naive to accept Kraft’s early assurances...

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...

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...

Climate change request receives muted response - news

Only a quarter of companies that supply goods to multinationals have responded to a request for climate change data on their activities. The companies, including many small- and...

Cadbury moves into Fairtrade - news

Cadbury is to become the biggest confectionery brand with the Fairtrade certification mark. The company and the Fairtrade Foundation aim to achieve certification for Cadbury’s Dairy...

Study links CR Index firms to better share returns - news

Companies that regularly take part in the UK’s annual Corporate Responsibility Index appear to show a better return for their shareholders than those that do not, according to new...

Cross-sector coalition will target obesity - news

British companies for whom obesity is a corporate responsibility issue have come together to help the government promote healthier lifestyles. Food and beverage, retail, advertising, fitness...

£9bn Olympic budget will have ethical basis - news

Suppliers of products and services for the 2012 Olympic Games in London will have to follow sustainable procurement guidelines. In autumn the London Organizing Committee of the Olympic...

New members join cocoa foundation - news

The Confectionery Manufacturers of Australasia, whose members include Cadbury Schweppes, Ferrero, Nestlé and Wrigley, has become a member of the World Cocoa Foundation. The group was...

Pressure mounts on ‘slow’ chocolate sector - news

A group of Fairtrade companies, faith groups and non-governmental organizations has produced basic principles on the sourcing of cocoa to spur the chocolate industry into doing more to improve...

listening and learning is key to making progress - news

Stakeholder relations need to move on to another level if they are to be truly effective, says Jeremy Moon Most of us are by now aware that stakeholder relations are important to companies, but...

Spanish firms opt for LBG - news

Nine large Spanish companies are to adopt the London Benchmarking Group model when measuring the level of their community investments. The companies, which will assess their performance under the...

European food firms on top - news

Danone, Nestlé and Unilever are the best large food companies at addressing health concerns. An analysis of ten of the world’s largest listed food businesses by the JPMorgan bank and the asset...

Food and drink firms make water their new priority - news

Leading food and drink makers have signed a collective agreement to cut their water use in the UK, providing further evidence that the issue is now a key corporate responsibility concern....

Two big UK consultancies emerge as one - news

Two of Britain’s biggest corporate responsibility consultancies have merged to create a new company called Corporate Citizenship. The new business has been formed by bringing together...

more retailers decide to share audit data - news

In a further sign that businesses are increasingly pooling their efforts on ethical supply chain monitoring, more than a dozen multinational clothing companies have agreed to share the results of...

listening approach improves performance - news

Corporate community investment programmes are becoming more effective because companies are now listening to the people who are intended to benefit from them. The Charities Aid Foundation, which...

inbrief - news

Six multinationals  have agreed to put pressure on their suppliers to report publicly on their carbon footprints. Cadbury Schweppes, Imperial Tobacco, Nestlé, Procter & Gamble, Tesco and...

IT firms share audit data in bid to end duplication - news

Some of the world’s largest telecoms and information technology companies have begun sharing information on the results of their ethical supply chain audits. The 24 businesses, which are all...

Chime makes further acquisition - news

One of Britain’s oldest corporate responsibility consultancies has been acquired by a global public relations group. The Corporate Citizenship Company (TCCC), founded in 1997, has been bought for...

Facebook generation puts firms in the dock - news

The increasing use of internet chat groups to challenge the behaviour of companies was highlighted last month when campaigning against potato crisp manufacturer Kettle Foods flared up on the...

everyclick in client search - news

A search engine company that gives half its gross revenue to charity has begun a campaign to persuade large businesses to switch to its service as part of their CSR programmes....

sugar cane sector decides to lay down ground rules - news

Sugar cane growers, processors and food companies are to draw up social and environmental ‘principles and criteria’ with a view to reducing the industry’s impact. The move has partly been...

UK trio try labelling idea - news

Three British companies have begun using a labelling scheme that recognizes their efforts to reduce the carbon footprint of their products. The retailer Alliance Boots, drinks group Innocent...

sweet makers in a corner over child labour efforts - news

Pressure is growing on the global confectionery industry to show that its measures to bear down on child labour at cocoa farms in Africa are paying off. Amnesty International announced last...

food firms are falling short - news

No leading food company has yet produced a comprehensive social responsibility programme on health and obesity, according to a new study. The analysis of 25 multinationals by Insight...

L’Oreal deal raises debate on ‘ethical’ firm takeovers - news

The recently agreed takeover of The Body Shop by French cosmetics company L’Oreal has sparked fresh discussion about whether a multinational can absorb a smaller company with an established...

Camelot calls in a third party assessor - news

Camelot has brought in the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply to analyse its supply chain practices as part of the UK National Lottery operator’s efforts to improve the social and...

inbrief - news

The world’s biggest food and drinks companies have only ‘limited’ systems to manage the risks posed by increasing obesity, according to Ethical Investment Research Services. Its study of six large...

businesses step up community efforts in Thailand - news

A partnership has been set up with the help of the International Business Leaders’ Forum (IBLF) to benefit communities in Thailand, as a direct result of relief efforts in the country’s...

soft drinks firms sign code aimed at fighting obesity - news

European soft drinks manufacturers have for the first time jointly agreed voluntary measures to tackle obesity among young people. Members of the Union of European Beverages Associations...

Australian companies offered benchmarking tool - news

An organization has been formed to enable Australian companies to measure the effects of their community investments. The group, LBG Australia, part of London Benchmarking Group International,...

Cadbury’s offers helping hand to cocoa farms - news

Cadbury Schweppes is to attempt to boost the incomes of Ghana’s cocoa farmers through a partnership with two civil society groups. The three organizations will improve wildlife habitats as a...

food firms begin to move on obesity - news

United Biscuits, the UK group with a £1.3billion ($2.4bn) turnover, is to encourage its European staff to tackle obesity. The company, which is owned by an international consortium called...

wacky report gets straight-lace additions - news

An eccentrically designed CSR report has been slightly modified this year in response to some stakeholders’ complaints that its style was not to their liking....

firms meet on palm oil - news

Food companies, suppliers and non-governmental organizations will gather in Jakarta, Indonesia, early next month to discuss ways of reducing the negative social and...

NGOs put the Global Compact on notice - news

Cross-sector support for the United Nations’ Global Compact appears be unravelling as an increasing number of non-governmental organizations begin to publicly...

palm oil users in the dark on origins - news

Most companies using palm oil in their products do not appear to know whether it comes from sustainable sources, according to the UK investment company Isis Asset...

food firms act on obesity - news

Food and drinks companies are likely to face further reputational pressure next month when the World Health Organization announces its plans to tackle the spread of...

cocoa firms set up schools to fight child labour in Africa - news

Field schools for West African cocoa farmers have been started by international cocoa and chocolate manufacturers to combat child labour. A coalition of companies and...

three picked out as leaders - news

Cadbury Schweppes, Unilever and Danone have emerged as leaders on corporate social responsibility issues in an assessment of the global food products industry. The...

tick-box CSR 'not all bad' - news

Thinkers in the field of corporate social responsibility have hit back at claims that CSR is in danger of losing its soul in a welter of box-ticking and compliance....

boards lack experience of CSR matters, investor argues - news

One of the UK’s biggest fund managers has suggested more companies should appoint non-executive directors with hands-on experience of corporate social responsibility....

inbrief - news

Cadbury Schweppes has defended itself against criticism of a cause-related marketing campaign in which chocolate wrappers can be redeemed for sports equipment. Health...

don’t give up on giving – charities need the money - news

Companies should follow the public’s example and not look too closely at what motivates their philanthropy, says Ian MacQuillin Bad, bad naughty big business. How dare...

communicate your achievements but be prepared for some knocks - news

Nothing excites like a new market, or failing that, a new angle on an old market. So it is with corporate social responsibility and public relations, where on both sides of the...

UK investors mobilize votes on executive pay - news

Excessive director pay has dominated the UK’s spring annual general meeting season, with several companies reporting up to 30 per cent of shareholders voting against pay...

inbrief - news

Cadbury Schweppes has won the ‘corporate community involvement newcomer’ award in the annual Lord Mayor of London’s Dragon Awards scheme, in recognition of its support for...

child labour findings spur firms into action - news

Around 284,000 child labourers work in hazardous conditions on West African cocoa farms supplying western chocolate manufacturers, a study of the industry has found....

three more make their social reporting debuts - news

Three FTSE100 companies have entered the ranks of social and environmental reporters with documents covering their operations in 2001. BAE Systems, Cadbury Schweppes and...

chocolate firms begin assault on slave labour - news

Chocolate manufacturers in Europe and the US have come together to produce a strategy to tackle child slave labour in the West African cocoa industry. The strategy...

130 join Dow Jones index - news

More than 130 companies will be added this month to the list of businesses deemed acceptable for inclusion in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSWI). The...

inbrief - news

A taskforce is to be set up by the UK Foreign Office to examine allegations that use of forced labour is widespread in the cocoa industry of West Africa. The group will be...

advancing the business case for human rights - news

Chris Marsden confesses to being daunted by his latest role. The former head of BP's community affairs team is to take over this spring from Sir Geoffrey Chandler as chair of Amnesty...

Labour Party gets message - news

Tesco marketing director Tim Mason and corporate social responsibility minister Kim Howells spoke on cause-related marketing in a fringe meeting of more than 200 delegates at...

chocolate makers monitor slavery claims - news

UK chocolate manufacturers have said they will look into allegations that they might be using cocoa produced by child slave labour in West Africa – but have said they are...

multinationals to be quizzed over Indonesia - news

Businesses operating in Indonesia are being targeted by a new campaign run by Amnesty International’s UK Business Group. The group is asking 16 companies, including Allied Domecq,...

combined code makes progress - news

Most UK companies have responded positively to the Stock Exchange’s Combined Code on corporate governance in its first year, according to new research. A study by Pensions and...

new ethical fund writes to excluded companies - news

Legal & General, one of the UK’s largest life assurance and pensions groups, has written to more than 80 of the largest FTSE companies to tell them why they have been...

new whistleblowers law puts reputation at stake - news

The Public Interest Disclosure Act, which comes into force on 2 July, will put the corporate reputation of companies on the line as never before. Many businesses now realise they have...

Cadbury asks suppliers for green credentials - news

Cadbury Schweppes suppliers have been told to report back on their environmental performance as part of a drive to improve the food and drinks conglomerate’s ecological...

Turnbull focuses on risk - news

UK companies are likely to have to take social, environmental and ethical matters into account when they assess business risks and report on them more fully in annual...

'push us' say business leaders - news

Some of the most powerful multinational heads have invited institutional investors to push them on corporate governance. In ‘a remarkable accord’, the Global Corporate...

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Biodiversity and Sustainable Agriculture Workshop - calendar

Drawing on two decades’ experience working with companies such as Syngenta, Cadbury and Starbucks, this innovative one day training workshop will improve your understanding of biodiversity and...

LCA Sustainable Supply Chain Europe - calendar

A new line-up of CSR and Environment Directors, from leading companies including BASF, BT, CADBURY, SONY ERICSSON, DOLE, TWININGS and UNILEVER will discuss how Life Cycle Analysis can work as part...

Responsible Business Summit 2010 - calendar

Do you want to learn how to use CSR to drive innovation and opportunity? From 55 of the biggest and most successful corporate practitioners at work today? Then attend the Responsible Business...

CSR'09 - calendar

The Fourth Edition of the International CSR Conference in Romania, CSR’09 Turning Innovation into Responsibility, organized by Saga Business & Community will take place on October 20 and 21 at...

Managing corporate community investment - calendar

This course is about learning how to develop strategic community programmes that support business objectives. You will hear the latest thinking from leading practitioners and understand how you...

The 3rd annual ethical supply chain summit - calendar

Working toward an ethical – and sustainable - supply chain that makes good business sense The Ethical Supply Chain Summit 2008 is the largest in a long line of ethical procurement and sourcing...

The 4th Annual CSR Partnerships Conference - calendar

CSR Partnerships is a fourth time, focused two day conference dealing with all aspects of Biz-NGO, B2B and Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships The content of the conference is a result of 6 months...

Managing Corporate Community Investment - calendar

This course is about learning how to develop strategic community programmes that support business objectives. You will hear the latest thinking from leading practitioners and understand how you...

ICCSR 5th Annual Symposium - calendar

The purpose of the symposium is to contribute to the understanding of how businesses can learn about responsible business through their relationships with their stakeholders. Emphasis will be on...

Green Retail 08 - calendar

Green Retail is a conference devoted to addressing issues of sustainability in the retail sector. Carefully selected industry experts will give your company hands on approaches to how you can...

Managing Corporate Community Investment - calendar

This programme examines the key requirements for an effective corporate community investment (CCI) programme and its role within today’s company. In terms of running a programme day-to-day there...

Motivate Internal And External Audiences With Engaging Environmental Messages - calendar

A one-day conference by The ENDS Report More companies then ever are realising the benefits of going ‘green’; not only as a social responsibility target but as a real way to engage their...

Implementing Sustainable Procurement Conference - calendar

Moving from Strategy to Practical Implementation in the Private and Public Sectors Conference summary As sustainable procurement practices gradually take hold in the public sector, the...

Managing Corporate Community Investment - calendar

This programme examines the key requirements for an effective corporate community investment (CCI) programme and its role within today’s company. In terms of running a programme day-to-day there...

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Farah Shirwa came to Britain in 2000, fleeing civil war and oppression in Somalia and determined to create a better life for himself. He found employment in a factory and moved into a flat with a...

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