Update. May 2014

Electronics report

Just released, the second report in the Behind the Barcode series - the Ethical Electronics Guide and Electronic Industry Trends Report grades 39 companies and 45 brands operating in Australia and provides information on slavery and labour rights and whether companies are paying staff a living wage. In overall results, no company recieved an A grade, and ONLY Nokia could demonstrate paying a living wage. Find out about all the grades. See Age article.

> How does your brand rate? Give companies feedback using this page (different campaign)

> Email major brands as part of the Conflict Minerals Campaign > Act with your dollar - see German's Nager-IT Fair Mouse and the Netherland's Fairphone, and this very relevant article.

Banks funding destruction

Two recent reports relating to banks:

 

1. The Market Forces report and interactive map identifies the banks funding coal and gas projects. From 2008 to 2013, ANZ, NAB, Commonwealth, and Westpac loaned almost $20 billion to fossil fuel projects in Australia. These often threaten our farms, water resources, health, and natural icons such as the Great Barrier Reef.

2. Oxfam's Banking on Shaky Ground report identifies leading Australian banks are financing companies accused of land grabbing, child labour and illegal logging in Cambodia, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia and Brazil. See ABC article 28/4/14.

 

> See how the banks compare on funding fossil fuel projects > Sign an open letter to the big four > Vote with your dollar - see how to switch banks and make it count.

 

Wilmar's commitment

In December last year Wilmar, the world's largest palm oil company, made a commitment to end deforestation and exploitation of local peoples. Other major players have recently made similar commitments, however Wilmar who control 45% of the market and buy from 80% of all palm oil growers, have huge influence over growers to stop cutting down forests and clearing peatlands.

It seems however that Wilmar is now backing away from this committment,still sourcing from areas of Sarawak under contention (source 1, source 2) > Sign the FOE petition

Protect our native forests

Cheap copy paper is cheap for a reason. Producing paper from native forests impacts our climate, water and wildlife. Everyday an area equivalent of eight city blocks of native forests are logged in Victoria - most ending up as wood pulp for cheap office paper such as Reflex.

> You can take action and pledge not to purchase Reflex Paper until Australian Paper stops sourcing from our native forests. More at ethicalpaper.com.au

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