CSR News Stories
British American Tobacco, Philip Morris International and Japan Tobacco International have been hit by a ruling on two class action lawsuits on behalf of a million Canadian smokers who claimed they weren't aware of the health risks. The companies were ordered to pay CAD$15.6 billion. All three companies have said that they will appeal the damages award.
The government in Lithuania has announced a ban on the sale of caffeine energy drinks to people under the age of 18. The move marks a first within the EU, and Lithuania predicted that others would now follow suit.
Drug store giant CVS has announced that it will no longer sell tobacco at its pharmacies by October this year. Cigarettes currently represent 3% of the company's overall sales, but the company said it had concluded that selling tobacco was incompatible with the company's purpose of promoting wellness.
The Swiss National Bank has said that it will sell shares in companies that fall short on ethics, including those that are responsible for human rights abuses or significant damage to the environment.
McDonald's, Burger King and other fast foot restaurants are being sued for being in breach of a new law against the inclusion of toys with children's meals. The action is being taken just three months after the law came into force by its principal author and advocate Sen. Guido Gerardi.
The Parliamentary health select committee has said that drinks companies run the risk of "paying only lip service" to the public health needs of reducing the impact of alcohol abuse. It flagged the possibility that new curbs on advertising could be in the pipeline, along with a ban on alcohol-related sports sponsorship.
A class action lawsuit that argues that three of the major tobacco firms manipulated nicotine levels and hid evidence on the health effects of smoking is coming to trial after 15 years. The suit, which seeks up to C$27bn in damages, is the first of its kind in Canada.
A French court has found EDF and Kargus, the security firm it employed to carry out the work, guilty of spying on Greenpeace anti-nuclear campaigners. Activities included hacking computers owned by the group.
A senior advisor to Hillary Clinton has criticised companies which sell equipment that can be used for censorship by repressive regimes. Alec Ross was responding to comments by Jerry Lucas, President of Intelligence Support Systems (ISS) that for-profit companies like his could sell what they wanted to whoever was willing to pay.
The World Health Organisation director-general Margaret Chan has said that tobacco firms are using deep pockets to fund lawsuits aimed at fending off anti-smoking legislation.
The government of India is suing Monsanto for contravening the country's Biological Diversity Act, according to France24. The company is accused of having taking an indigenous aubergine species and used it to create a genetically modified version without permission.
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.
The German government has told weapons manufacturer Heckler & Koch that it should not carry out arms shipments to Mexico due to concerns that the guns are being used in human rights abuses.
The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has fined two tobacco companies and nine retailers a total of £225m for "unlawful" tobacco pricing practices.
Japan Tobacco has been cleared of liability for the illnesses of three former smokers by the Yokohama District Court. The suit said that health problems, including lung cancer, had been caused by smoking and the company had continued to sell cigarettes despite its knowledge of the harmful effects.
A lawsuit has been brought against two unnamed tobacco companies seeking $10m in damages for damage to health the plaintiff said he suffered from smoking. The case, reminiscent of a number brought in the US in recent years, is the first of its kind to arise in Saudi Arabla.
Two of New Zealand's leading supermarkets, Foodstuffs and Progressive Enterprises, have ended the practice of selling heavily discounted alcohol following accusations that the practice helps to fuel problem drinking.
The US Supreme Court has said that a woman widowed twelve years ago when her partner died of lung cancer can collect the large financial award she was previously granted, tersely dismissing the appeal by tobacco giant Philip Morris USA.
Royal Dutch Shell has said that it is to reduce future investment in solar and wind power to focus its renewable energy activity more on biofuels. The company has said that it is pursuing its priority of giving best returns to shareholders, and returns on other alternatives, even with considerable public subsidy, are not sufficient.
In the latest lawsuit against a tobacco company, Philip Morris has been ordered to pay damages to the widow and son of a victim of lung cancer who, prior to his death, smoked three packs of cigarettes per day.
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