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Better Factories Cambodia partnership creates industry standards

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Better Factories Cambodia represents a convergence of common interests of the clothing industry, international buyers, of the desires of western consumers for sweat-shop free products, and for more and better jobs in one of the poorest countries of this world. Better Factories Cambodia is managed...

Partnership between Allianz and CARE International

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Immediately after a devastating tsunami struck the shores of the Indian Ocean in 2004, Allianz gave generous donations to CARE International, a humanitarian organisation working to rebuild lives and livelihoods in the affected coastal regions in India, Indonesia, Somalia, Sri Lanka, and Thailand....

Cisco partners with Grameen Solutions in Bangladesh

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Cisco partners with Grameen Solutions to establish business centers in rural Bangladesh that serve as distribution points for a variety of services, such as birth and death certificates, healthcare, distance learning, and retail sales of such necessities as hybrid seeds.

Cisco works together with Relief International to support rural enterprise in Lebanon

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Cisco is partnering with Relief International to implement the Cisco Rural Enterprise Development for Information Technology (CREDIT) program. This program extends small loans to entrepreneurs wanting to start new IT and Internet access-related businesses in rural areas of Lebanon.

Unilever, with support from NGOs, helps rural India through Project Shakti

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Project Shakti is unleashing the potential of rural India and thus changing lives. It is ushering in prosperity and, more importantly, self-respect.

Tate & Lyle establishes "Fairtrade For All" for cane sugar in partnership with the Fairtrade Foundation and the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association

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Reflecting a long-term commitment to their suppliers, in February 2008 Tate & Lyle announced a decision to convert all UK retail cane sugar to Fairtrade by the end of 2009.

Starbucks and Fairtrade NGOs announce initiative to support small-scale coffee farmers

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Starbucks, the Fairtrade Labelling Organisations (FLO) and TransFair USA announced joining forces to leverage a small-scale coffee farmer loan program that is intended to grow to at least $20 million by 2015 based on current commitments from Starbucks Coffee Company.

Shared Value between Nestlé and crops producers

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Nestlé is guided by the principle of creating shared value for shareholders and society in a manner that is integrally linked to its core business strategies and operations. It is called “Creating Shared Value (CSV)”; value created for shareholders, employees, farmers, consumers and the communities...

Microfinance agencies enable entrepreneurs in Bangladesh to provide more sanitation technology options

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Pakistan has taken an important step towards improved sanitation through a major sector assessment and setting up of a core group that seeks to move communities beyond open defecation free (ODF) status. WSP, an international engineering consulting agency, is a member of this group.