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A major catalog business became the subject of a high-profile campaign by an environmental NGO, which criticized the catalog’s paper procurement practices. The NGO charged that some of the pulp used in paper for the catalog was produced from environmentally sensitive forests and endangered species habitats. This NGO’s campaign targeted the company’s high profile brand and called on the catalog company to use its influence with paper suppliers to change their forestry and paper production practices.
A major retail apparel company faced an intensive NGO and union campaign due to the practices of one of its suppliers in Mexico. The supplier was accused of labor law violations in Mexico.
Corporate Social Responsibility – Advising US Government Agency on Stakeholder Engagement and Project Reviews
The Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) helps US business invest in developing countries, complementing the private sector in managing risks associated with investments needed for economic development. OPIC project proposals often, by definition, involve poorer communities where environmental and social impacts are the subject of significant public concern. In 2003, OPIC sought to enhance its mechanisms for social and environmental project review, as well as its practices for engaging US stakeholders and locally-affected communities, in ways that would maximize the agency’s efficiency and development effectiveness.