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Haygrove establishes Gambia is Good to market fresh produce

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Gambia is Good is a fresh produce marketing company which was conceived as a partnership between Haygrove Limited and Concern Universal, a leading development charity, with the purpose of linking small scale rural producers with the high value tourist market.

Cemex makes home improvements accessible for the poor in 5 Latin American countries

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CEMEX, a global leader in the building supply and cement industry, has recently expanded its highly-successful Patrimonio Hoy initiative. Originally started in 1998 with the goal of reducing the housing deficit in Mexico, Patrimonio Hoy has since expanded into 4 additional Latin American countries...

Marks & Spencer gives disadvantaged people an opportunity for employment training

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Marks & Start is Marks & Spencer's work experience programme for those who are homeless, disabled, single parents and young unemployed.

British American Tobacco establishes a biodiversity partnership with NGOs

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British American Tobacco has established a biodiversity partnership, now in its third five-year term (2011-2015). The partners (Fauna & Flora International, Earthwatch, Tropical Biology Association, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew and British American Tobacco) have appointed an independent programme...

Coffee Kids partners with private sector to rebuild coffee farmers' community in Indonesia

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In late April 2005, the Aceh Tsunami Relief Fund, established by the NGO Coffee Kids, in partnership with the corporation ForesTrade Inc., began a project to support the reconstruction of local community infrastructure in the coffee-growing Gayo Highland region in Central Aceh, Indonesia.

WWF and IKEA Conservation Partnership

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IKEA and WWF began a co-operation in 2002 to jointly promote responsible forestry in priority regions around the world. Together the two organizations have planned and implemented a series of projects in China, Russia, Bulgaria, Romania, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. The projects are important...

ExxonMobil and NetMark partner to distribute & promote anti-malaria bednets

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In 2002, the ExxonMobil Africa Fuels Marketing Group teamed with AED/NetMark to set up the Help Us Help programme. The programme seeks to reduce the burden of malaria in sub-Saharan Africa by increasing the commercial supply of and public demand for insecticide-treated bednets.

HSBC Amanah partners with Islamic Relief to offer microfinance in Pakistan

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HSBC Amanah, the global Islamic banking division of HSBC group, has entered into a partnership with Islamic Relief, a major international relief and development charity, to offer a pilot Islamic microfinance scheme in Pakistan.

HSBC partners with MDMSB, a microfinance institute in India

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The Mann Deshi Mahila Sahakari Bank (MDMSB), a microfinance institution (MFI) based in the Indian city of Mhaswad, partnered with HSBC to enhance banking strategies and financial support.

HSBC Turkey partnered with three Turkish NGOs to disburse microcredit loans

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HSBC Turkey, the Turkish arm of the global bank HSBC, allocated USD 5 million to micro-credit loans between 2008 and 2010 in Turkey.