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Yorkshire Tea responds to BBC report on child labour in Assam

Yorkshire Tea, part of Taylors of Harrogate, have presented their conclusions from their own inquiry following BBC reports of child labour and other problems on tea estates in Assam.

McDonald's Restaurant

US: McDonald's to use only cage-free eggs within next decade

McDonald's has said that it will source the 2 billion eggs it uses annually in the US and Canada from cage-free hens over the next decade. Less than one percent of its eggs are currently cage-free.

Oil palm

Papua New Guinea: Big palm oil firms investigating breach of deforestation commitments

Cargill and Golden Agri-Resources (GAR) have said that they will review allegations that a supplier, a subsidiary of Eagle High Plantations Tbk, had continued a programme of deforestation in Papua New Guinea in contravention of sustainability commitments.

Rana Plaza

Rana Plaza factory owner charged with murder over collapse

The authorities in Bangladesh have said that they are to press murder charges against the owners of the Rana Plaza factory where over 1,100 people died in 2013. In total 41 people are to be charged who are held to have shared "collective responsibility" for the factory's collapse which became the worst industrial accident in Bangladesh's history and the third worst worldwide. The number includes more than a dozen government officials.

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Indonesia: Greenpeace reverses decision not to work with Asia Pulp and Paper

Greenpeace has said that it will once again work with Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) after it suspended dealings with the company following the death of an Indonesian farmer.

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US: Walmart brings in 'groundbreaking' animal welfare policy

Walmart has announced a new animal welfare policy for its entire supply chain which has won plaudits from campaign groups for its drive to be proactive in eliminating animal abuse. The policy covers the responsible use of antibiotics and other antimicrobials, and aims overall to end many of the practices that have been most controversial, such as different forms of intensive livestock rearing.

Oil palm

Dunkin Donuts and Krispy Kremes go for sustainable palm oil

US doughnut brands Dunkin' Brands and Krispy Kremes have responded to pressure on palm oil and deforestation with a commitment to sustainable sourcing.

McDonald's Restaurant

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.


Bangladesh: Primark pays additional £6m to Rana Plaza victims

British retailer Primark has said that it will pay an additional sum of compensation to the victims or their families of the Rana Plaza factory collapse which affected one of their suppliers New Wave Bottoms. It had already paid over £1m.


Russia: IKEA hit by sustainable forestry accreditation withdrawal

Ikea Industry, a subsidiary of furniture retailer IKEA, has had its Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) accreditation removed after an audit found substantial failings.

Oil palm

Kellogg to restrict palm oil supplies to suppliers that leave rainforests

Kellogg, the manufacturer of breakfast cereals, has announced that it is to buy palm oil only from firms that can prove they don't damage the rainforest.

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Indonesia: Pulp and paper company APRIL threatened over deforestation

The World Business Council on Sustainable Development (WBCSD) has said that APRIL, a major pulp and paper company in Indonesia, will be expelled from its membership unless it can show that it has ended deforestation.

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Cambodia: Labour rights groups point to violence against garment workers

Global clothing brands have been called upon to use their influence to achieve an end to what campaign groups describe as repression against workers involved in wage protests.

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Coca-Cola, PepsiCo and ABF criticised for 'land grab'

Campaigning NGO Oxfam has highlighted Coca-Cola and PepsiCo as being amongst the companies it claims are benefiting from land taken from indigenous communities across the world.

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Indonesia: Asia Pulp & Paper to stop cutting natural forest timber

Asia Pulp & Paper, one of the most controversial companies worldwide for its forestry practices, has said that it is to stop using timber from Indonesia's natural forests, instead using only trees from plantations.

PT Nikomas factory in Indonesia - Nike supplier

Indonesia: Nike supplier to pay $1m unpaid overtime to workers

PT Nikomas has reached a settlement to pay workers $1m in unpaid overtime to around 4,500 workers. The company, which makes shoes for Nike at its factory in Banten province, had failed to pay for nearly 600,000 hours of overtime in two years.

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UK: Olympics ethical sourcing code attacked for choosing Dow

A decision to use Dow Chemical Company to provide fabric wrap for the Olympic games has sparked protests from groups that continue to hold that the company, having bought Union Carbide in 2001, is responsible for the major chemical accident in Bhopal in 1984.

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US: Sports brands respond to Greenpeace toxics campaign

Adidas, Nike and Puma have committed themselves to 'Zero Toxic Pollution' by 2020 following a 'detox' campaign by Greenpeace. The companies have been in discussions to create a cross industry standard after the campaign group highlighted chemicals used in textile manufacturing.


US: Sweatshop protests damage Hershey's sweet reputation

Student protests have highlighted the plight of 400 students who paid up to $6,000 to join the State department's cultural exchange scheme, which led to them working long hard shifts at a factory providing Hershey for which they were paid a pittance. The incident has put Hershey on the defensive, and raised issues around corporate supply chain practices.

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Brazil: Zara held responsible for subcontractor's sweatshop

Fashion chain Zara in being investigated by Brazil's ministry of labour following the removal of 15 workers from a factory claimed to be operating as a sweatshop. The factory was subcontracted by AHA, which is responsible for 90 percent of Zara's production in the country.

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