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Burma: 50 companies added to target list

Date: 2 Jun 2008

The Burma Campaign UK produced a list of 154 companies that it accuses of helping to finance Burma's military dictatorship through a presence in the country, which includes 50 companies that are new to the campaigns 'dirty list'.

The new companies, including Toyota, Tata, BBC Worldwide and Kuoni, were accused as having commitments to corporate social responsibility that were "a hollow sham".

However, a number of the companies protested the severity of the charge.

BBC Worldwide found itself on the list because it has taken a stake in the Lonely Planet guidebooks. Lonely Planet said that the act of producing a guidebook about the country was not the same as supporting the regime there. Toyota said that it sold around 40 vehicles in Burma, mostly to embassies.

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