Business Respect - CSR Dispatches No#157 - 21 Jul 2009

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In this issue, we consider Wal-Mart's Sustainability Index.

Welcome

We are now reaching the season where every edition of Business Respect is greeted by the thunderous response of hundreds, if not thousands, of 'I am on holiday' auto-response messages! If you're away somewhere on holiday and you're reading this on your blackberry, put it away now and go and find something more relaxing to do!

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In the mean time, Wal-Mart has caused a small stir with the launch of its sustainability index. It makes up the focus of this edition's lead article.

Have a fun fortnight.

News

Dole Food takes film makers to court for defamation

A film about a 2007 trial brought against Dole Food alleging harm to workers from pesticide use is 'blatantly false', according to the company. It is taking the film makers to court after they refused to amend or withdraw the film in light of more recent court findings that evidence in similar cases had been falsified.

Kenya: GlaxoSmithKline agrees HIV royalty-free licensing to get medicines to the poor

Pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline has said that it is to give South African firm Aspen the rights to manufacture HIV drug abacavir royalty-free as part of its drive to get medicines more accessible to the poor.

China: Sinopec chief convicted of bribery

A court in Beijing has found the former chairman on China Petroleum and Chemical Corporation, Sinopec, guilty of taking $28.7m in bribes. He was given a suspended death sentence which, in practice, is likely to mean a life term in prison.

Iran: Nokia Siemens Networks fights back against collusion claims

An ongoing controversy over the role of Nokia Siemens Networks in Iran threatens to cost parent company Siemens dearly, with recent suggestions that the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority might remove hundreds of millions of dollars of business from the company.

US: Exxon faces $1bn fine for 'malicious sabotage' of oil wells

Exxon Mobil could be liable for significant penalties, said the Texas General Land Office, if allegations of intentionally damaging oil wells are proven. The company has been accused of aiming to prevent other producers from using the wells.

Article

What Wal-Mart's Sustainability Index is ... and isn't

Author: Mallen Baker, dated 21 Jul 2009

Wal-Mart has released details of its Sustainability Index - its tool to engage its suppliers on key steps it is taking towards sustainability.

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