NGO Warns The Greens and Xenophon Senate Bill on Palm Oil Labelling Will Harm The Poor and Damage Australian Relations with Malaysia and Indonesia

 CANBERRA – The Chairman of World Growth, the pro-development NGO, Alan Oxley, today called on the Australian Government and the Opposition to oppose a bill restricting imports of palm oil from Malaysia and Indonesia.

“A bill sponsored in the Senate by The Greens and Senator Xenophon which would restrict imports of products containing palm oil should be opposed by the Government and the Opposition,” said Mr Oxley.  “The bill is fundamentally flawed, would harm the poor and damage relations with Malaysia and Indonesia.” Continue reading

Grappling with Inordinate Uncertainty; Measuring the Carbon Footprint of Tropical Land-Use Change

June 2011 – A Study by World Growth

It is fashionable to consider the ‘carbon footprint’ that day-to-day activities of humans have on planet earth. The rationale for this concept is that it will give us a readily understood indication of the emissions of certain gases – especially carbon dioxide and methane – that are implicated in raising the earth’s temperature and the level of the sea which has become the focus of much contemporary concern in the community. The published research has concentrated on primary forest and permanent grassland. Little has been published on secondary forest or degraded forestland. Continue reading

Cattle ban will mean food shortage for Indonesia’s poor

Alan Oxley, The Age

It’s deplorable to put the welfare of cattle above the welfare of people.

WHAT do animal activists hope to achieve with a ban on exports of live cattle to Indonesia? They think it will pressure Indonesian authorities to introduce humane slaughtering methods. The government’s decision to ban exports will increase the price of Continue reading

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