Coles, Woolies Socially Irresponsible


COLES’ and Woolworths’ corporate social responsibility (CSR) policies have been criticised by an international not-for-profit organisation for hurting poor suppliers.In a new report that assesses the CSR actions of global retail and consumer goods giants, US-based NFP World Growth claims Coles and Woolworths are following the lead of retailers in Europe and the US by imposing harsh conditions on suppliers in poor countries.
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Retailers’ Standards ‘Aid Poor Farmers’

Blair Speedy, The Australian

SUPERMARKET giants Woolworths and Coles have hit back at claims they are hurting suppliers in developing countries by holding them to strict environmental standards.US-based free-market lobby group World Growth has accused the retailers of “harming the poor” by imposing tough environmental and social conditions that suppliers in developing countries are unable to meet.

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Supermarket Giants Accused of Harming Poor

Australian Broadcasting Corporation News Radio

David Taylor reported this story on Saturday, May 21, 2011ELIZABETH JACKSON: Supermarket giants Coles and Woolworths face accusations today that they’re harming the poor.

A new report by World Growth, a US-based free market NGO, claims that the supermarkets’ purchasing strategies disadvantage developing countries. Continue reading

New Report – Leading Companies’ CSR Policies Contradict Intended Purpose of Responsible Business Programs

NGO Says Firms are Practicing Corporate Social Irresponsibility (CSI) not Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)

LONDON—World Growth, a pro-development NGO, says that leading companies are putting the world’s poor at risk with unwise corporate social responsibility (CSR) programs and endangering their capacity to service the fast growing emerging markets. Continue reading

Corporate Social Responsibility – How Global Business is Getting it Wrong in Emerging Markets

May 2011 – A World Growth Study

Every major corporation in the developed world is expected to have a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) policy. These are company goals to improve sustainability, social engagement, and labor and human rights which demonstrate the business is a ‘good corporate citizen.’ This report reveals that leading global companies are advancing CSR strategies that are likely to antagonize governments in emerging economies, advance causes of little interest to their local people and jeopardize business activity in the high growth economies of the Emerging Markets. This report reviews Continue reading

A Poison, Not a Cure; The Campaign to Ban Trade in Illegally Logged Timber

May 2011 – A World Growth Study

Environmental groups, such as WWF and Greenpeace, have a global goal of halting commercial forestry and forestry in native forests. One of their strategies to advance this campaign is to generate global concern that illegal logging is a major global problem. One presumption is that high volumes of illegally-sourced wood products are entering the global market. This presumption cannot be substantiated and is very likely to be untrue. The campaign urges trade bans on imports of illegal timber. It has also been driven by industrialized countries, in particular the UK. The campaign is also supported by Continue reading

World Bank’s New Anti-Poor and Anti-Free Trade Palm Oil Policy

WASHINGTON, DC - World Growth today released a comprehensive analysis of the recently released World Bank Group framework for engagement in the palm oil sector.  The analysis finds that the framework will negatively impact the growth and development of the palm oil industry in developing nations moving the Bank further and further away from its original mandate to reduce poverty and encourage economic growth.  The new policy positions the Bank to be the new global czar for sustainability and the environment, affirms a formal partnership with WWF ‘s recently announced goal to control food markets and hinders efforts to expand food production to meet the growing global demand and rising food prices. Continue reading

World Bank’s New Anti Poor Palm Oil Policy

May 2011 – Green Papers: Issue VIII

The World Bank Group and International Finance Corporation have released the Final Framework for Engagement in the Palm Oil Sector. The Framework will have wide ranging negative impacts on the growth and development opportunities from palm oil industry in developing nations. The Framework retains the most harmful elements of the original strategy and will move the World Bank Group further away from its mandate to reduce poverty and establish it as an international environmental regulator. It will hinder attempts to expand food production to meet growing demand and rising prices. Through this Framework the World Bank clearly establishes Continue reading