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Paul Polman, CEO Unilever

Unilever CEO Polman tells governments 'no action on climate change, no economic growth'

Paul Polman has called on world leaders to set clear targets on greenhouse gas emissions to force the pace of innovation. Talking ahead of the Paris climate summit, he said that business leaders could help create 'political licence' for governments to promote clean energy.

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US: Businesses call for political action on climate change

Hundreds of businesses, including Microsoft, Diageo, General Motors, Unilever and Levi Strauss, are calling on federal policymakers to properly address climate change.

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US: Diageo pulls funding from climate change denier institute

Drinks giant Diageo has said it will avoid funding the Heartland Institute following a campaign that compared people who believe in the reality of climate change with mass murderers.

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UK: BAT criticised for funding campaign against cigarette display ban

British American Tobacco has come under fire for providing funding for a high-profile campaign by the National Federation of Retail Newsagents against a government ban of cigarette displays at the point of sale.

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US: SRI investors target lobby group members over climate change

A number of socially responsible investor groups have criticised companies that have a progressive position on climate change but which remain members of the Board of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM). According to the group, NAM lobbies for measures to weaken EPA regulations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.


UK unions and lawmakers criticize Kraft CEO

British union leaders and lawmakers lashed out at Kraft Inc. Chief Executive Irene Rosenfeld for failing to appear before an inquiry on the U.S. company's takeover of British confectioner Cadbury on Tuesday. The Unite union also criticized Rosenfeld for failing to meet directly with workers at Cadbury sites across the country to reassure them about the company's plans after it backtracked on a promise to keep open a local factory.

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US: Key companies quit climate change coalition

BP, Caterpillar and ConocoPhillips have said that they are to pull membership of the Climate Action Partnership - the group of companies that had been supporting President Obama's climate change legislation agenda. The companies said they would devote resources to furthering their business interests in other ways.

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Jamaica: Company sues government over import block on mace

Future Services International is suing the Jamaican government for blocking the import of mace for pepper spray to help protect its employees against violent crime.

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US: Business groups lobby Obama over Cuba embargo

Business associations have published on open letter to President-Elect Barack Obama urging him to remove the economic embargo on Cuba.

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US: Google and Levi's join companies opposing ban on gay marriage

Google has broken with its stance of non-involvement with social issues to formally urge voters in California to vote against Proposition 8, an initiative that would ban gay marriage in the state. In doing so, it joins a number of other companies, including Levi Strauss.

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US: Proposed Alaskan mine survives people's vote

A ballot question that would have prohibited a proposed gold mine from proceeding due to fears it will disrupt the key fishing industry, has been defeated.

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.

UK: Tesco calls for government action on cheap alcohol

Tesco has said that it is keen to work with the government on framing legislation that would restrict the sale of cut-price alcohol in the UK.

Shell calls for government intervention over climate change

Royal Dutch Shell has said there needs to be massive intervention by governments across the world to achieve sufficient reductions in greenhouse gases.

Venezuela: Government breaks links with Exxon Mobil

Venezuela's state oil company PDVSA has said that it is to stop sales of crude to Exxon Mobil following demands by the company for compensation for renationalised assets.

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