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Sustainable beef coalition frames draft principles

The Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (GRSB) has produced draft principles which are open for comment until mid May. The group brings together companies such as Walmart and McDonalds along with NGOs such as WWF and the Rainforest Alliance.

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UK: Companies call for targets on low carbon power

A number of major businesses have called on the government to adopt a 2030 target for reduced carbon from the power sector. The current Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne has been hostile to such targets to date, attacking green policies as a burden on business.

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Walmart targeted over labour practices at CJ Seafood

Over 140,000 people have signed a petition calling on Walmart to end its relationship with supplier CJ Seafood for alleged abusive working conditions.

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US: Walmart shares dip over Mexican bribery cover-up

Walmart has been hit by a bribery scandal involving its Mexican business. Executives paid bribes of around $24 million to gain permits for new stores and, most damagingly, executives at the group's headquarters allegedly covered up evidence of the activity according to the New York Times.

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Netherlands: Walmart blacklisted by major pension fund

The country's biggest pension fund, Algemeen Burgerlijk Pensioenfonds, has stated that it is to blacklist Walmart for a range of factors concerning its social and environmental practices.

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China: Wal-Mart apologises for mislabelled pork

Wal-Mart sold pork that was falsely advertised as organic, according to the local government in Chongqing. Thirteen of the company's stores have been temporarily closed and some of its employees have been arrested.

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US: Top businesses join ethics initiative

In response to the widespread crisis of confidence in the ethics of big business, seventeen major corporations have joined the Business Ethics Leadership Alliance. The companies, which include Wal-Mart, General Electric, Dell, PepsiCo and Accenture, between them represent nearly $1 trillion turnover.

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US: Wal-Mart names Mike Duke new CEO

Wal-Mart CEO Lee Scott is to step down early next year, and Mike Duke has been named as his successor. Scott was widely credited with having taken Wal-Mart further and faster down to journey towards greater environmental sustainability in recent years.

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China: Wal-Mart introduces new supplier standards

Wal-Mart has told a meeting of its Chinese suppliers that social and environmental standards will need to be raised to help the company meet its goals and to move forward in the wake of the milk poisoning scandal that has left many Chinese children still in hospital.

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Wal-Mart to boycott cotton from Uzbekistan

Wal-Mart has said that it is asking its suppliers not to use cotton from Uzbekistan due to concerns over the use of child labour in its production.

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Mexico: Wal-Mart de Mexico payment in store coupons unconstitutional

The Supreme Court in Mexico has said that Wal-Mart de Mexico, also known as Walmex, violated the constitution when it paid workers partly in vouchers that were only usable at the company's own stores.

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Canada: Wal-Mart has union contract imposed

A Wal-Mart store has had a labour contract imposed upon it, making it the first time for any such deal involving the company in North America.

China: Wal-Mart reaches deal with unions

Wal-Mart, known for its tenacity in fending off unions in its home markets, has agreed collective bargaining arrangements with government-approved unions in two cities in China, Quanzhou and Shenyang.

Wal-Mart joins programme to eliminate illegal logging

Wal-Mart has said it is to work with the Global Forest and Trade Network in a programme to avoid products created through illegal and unsustainable logging for all of its own brand furniture.

UK: Tobacco price fixing fines for six firms

Six companies including retailer Asda Walmart and tobacco firm Gallaher have agreed to pay fines of up to 173 UK pounds following a probe over unlawful pricing practices. An inquiry into other major companies is ongoing.

UK: Retailers in tobacco price probe

The UK's Office of Fair Trading has suggested that tobacco firms and supermarkets including Asda-Walmart, Sainsbury and Tesco, have been involved in an arrangement to swap information on future tobacco pricing which, whilst falling short of price-fixing, had the same effect for customers and would be, if proved, illegal.

UK: Asda-Walmart opposes extension of new code of conduct to overseas suppliers

Asda has said that it wants overseas suppliers excluded from a code of conduct being considered by the Competition Commission designed to ensure that suppliers enjoy fair trading terms.

Wal-Mart aims for emission reductions from Chinese suppliers

Wal-Mart is to meet with thousands of suppliers based in China in the autumn as part of its programme to reduce emissions produced across its supply chain. The company has already worked with some of its key western suppliers to reduce energy use and waste.

Wal-Mart and Toys 'R' Us release safety measures on imported toys

Wal-Mart and Toys 'R' Us have announced a new series of safety checks to be applied to imported toys, following the series of damaging recalls that dented confidence in the industry.

Wal-Mart pledges more environmental measures

Wal-Mart has announced that it is to only sell concentrated liquid laundry detergent as part of a move to encourage change in the retail industry and reduce materiels usage. It is also to measure carbon emissions in the supply chain across seven product categories.

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