07 Feb '12, 5am

Co-operative, M&S and Waitrose accused of greenwash over close links to 'unethical' companies

Co-operative, M&S and Waitrose accused of greenwash over close links to 'unethical' companies

Britain’s biggest and most ethical companies have been forming increasing numbers of partnerships with some of the world’s most environmentally questionable organisations. Marks and Spencer, which aims to become ‘the world’s most sustainable major retailer’, has a partnership with, BP, the company responsible for one the world’s largest ever oil spills in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. Waitrose, part of the John Lewis Partnership, aims to actively look for ‘opportunities to improve the environment and to contribute to the wellbeing of the communities’ in which they trade, has recently formed a partnership with Shell. In 2008, the oil company accepted full liability for two massive oil spills that devastated a Nigerian community at Bodo in Ogoniland. Another major British retailer with an ethical outlook, the Co-operative, which recently bought out Somerfield, has inherited a ...

Full article: http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_analysis/1234402/co...

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