New Sustainability Strategies Threaten Food Security

NGO report reveals the danger of strategy to capture global food supply chains

Melbourne, Australia – In a new report released today the pro-development NGO, World Growth, exposed the breathtaking ambition of the world’s largest environmental NGO, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), to control global supply chains of vital food products. WWF’s strategy threatens to restrict trade and business and undermines efforts to increase global food supplies.  The report – “Abuse of Sustainability Standards – An Attack on Free Trade, Competition and Economic Growth,” shows how WWF and major global food corporations like Unilever are working together to capture markets and dictate food standards in developing countries, while limiting consumer choice in rich countries. Continue reading

The Green Campaign in the Antipodes

The Green Campaign in the Antipodes
Special Edition on Australia / New Zealand; Examining the Greenpeace-WWF Anti-Business Campaign

Greenpeace Increases Activity in the South Pacific and Australasia

Greenpeace has significantly ramped up activity in Australia and Papua New Guinea (PNG).  New Zealand can also expect attention since the New Zealand authorities recently Continue reading

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

“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

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

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

US Lacey Act – A Green Trade Barrier Harms The Developing World’s Poor

Implementation of the Lacey Act’s new provisions uses the specter of illegal deforestation to protect domestic industry

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, World Growth submitted formal comments to the United States Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service’s (APHIS) review of the implementation of the revised Lacey Act provisions. World Growth concluded that the new amendments passed in 2008 to expand the scope of the Lacey Act to include wood, paper and timber products, are de facto trade barriers, imposing costly and burdensome regulations for entry into the US market, while only benefitting uncompetitive domestic industries. Continue reading

New Report Calculates Cost of International Climate Aid to Indonesian Economy and Jobs

NGO World Growth finds climate aid programs could cost Indonesia 3.5 million jobs annually

Research reveals forest emissions significantly overstated

JAKARTA – A new report released today in Jakarta concludes that international climate aid programs underway in Indonesia today intended to limit expansion of forest-related industries could cost the Indonesian economy 3.5 million jobs annually, reducing export revenues and hampering sustainable development initiatives according to NGO World Growth. Continue reading