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Danone’s taste for microfinance pays dividends

Franck Riboud is a romantic at heart. The chairman of French food multinational Danone is also an astute businessman with a particular nose for marketing. Yet he seems to be managing to combine his passionate commitment for social responsibility with…


ABN Amro launches climate change index

ABN Amro has launched an equity index tracking firms that address climate change and other environmental issues. Paul Thind, a London-based executive director at ABN AMRO, and the index developer, said: "This… benchmark reference instrument can be used both to…


Fair-trade advocates appeal to Starbucks

When many students stop by Starbucks on the way to class to pick up their daily double shots, they may not realize the signs they see around the store for different types of coffees are the focus of a rift…


BP attacked over ‘unsafe culture’

Oil company BP operated an unsafe culture at a Texas refinery where 15 died in an explosion and management should have spotted the warning signs years ago, according to a damning report being published today.The US Chemical Safety Board (CSB),…


Novartis Lobbies European Parliament on Patents

The Swiss firm has contacted all 785 members of the European Parliament over the past few weeks, urging them not to sign a written declaration opposing the Novartis stance on India's 2005 patents law. Novartis is taking legal action against…


RBS is accused of sponsoring global warming

THE ROYAL Bank of Scotland (RBS) is being threatened with a student boycott over its multi-billion-pound investments in climate-wrecking oil and gas projects around the world. The threat comes in the wake of a new report attacking RBS's record on…

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