NGO to Western Retailers – CSR Policies Can Harm The Poor

World Growth Announces Global Program to Create Development-Friendly CSR Policies

WASHINGTON—World Growth today announced a global sustainability program to assist multinationals to create development-friendly Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programs.  World Growth has issued letters and a questionnaire to nine of the world’s leading retail and consumer goods companies surveying their CSR policies and warns that many leading Western retailers’ CSR policies will do more harm than good to developing countries. Continue reading

Palm Oil – The Green Development Oil Newsletter – Issue 14, July 2011

Australian Senate Endorses Green Global Campaign for Punitive Labelling of Palm Oil 

The Australian Senate has passed a Bill requiring mandatory labelling of products sold in Australia containing palm oil.  A Senate Committee opposed the Bill observing “almost every argument [in support of mandatory labelling] presented to the committee was Continue reading

“Carbon Footprint” Risks Misuse and Economic Damage, NGO Research Finds

Research Shows Carbon Footprint Concept Is Too Technically Uncertain To Determine Management Of Tropical Forest – Misapplication Could Harm Economic Development

WASHINGTON, DC – Pro-development NGO, World Growth, released research today demonstrating that “carbon footprint” criteria advocated by environmental non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to regulate carbon emissions from land use change in tropical forests is too uncertain to use.  Data is weak and provides contrary results.  Key concepts remain speculative.  Use of current criteria could unnecessarily restrict agricultural production and would not have a beneficial environmental impact. Continue reading

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
http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/politics/cattle-ban-will-mean-food-shortage-for-indonesias-poor-20110608-1fszg.html

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

PerthNow, http://www.perthnow.com.au/business/business-old/coles-woolies-social-irresponsibility/story-e6frg2qu-1226064360796

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

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/industry-sectors/retailers-standards-aid-poor-farmers/story-e6frg9h6-1226060679669

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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