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Co-op leads ethical way while global giants get thumbs down.

THE Co-operative Group has been the UK's most ethical company over the past 25 years, according to a survey.

Readers of Ethical Consumer magazine voted e Co-operative ahead of retailers Lush, Traidcraft, John Lewis and People Tree, the bank Triodos and the food and household product wholesaler Suma.

e organic farm Riverford and the energy companies Ecotricity and Good Energy also made the top 10.

ethical Consumer co-director Tim Hunt said: "Over the past 25 years e Co-op has been at the forefront of the ethical consumer movement.

"From its supermarket, which was the rst retailer to stock only Fairtrade bananas and ban products from the Occupied Palestinian Territories, to the pioneering ethical policy of its bank, e Co-operative Group has been a genuine ethical trailblazer. Many commentators have had their knives out for e Co-op in recent months. Ethical Consumer's readers, however, are able to see through the spin and realise that, despite the problems, e Co-op remains an ethical business at heart - at least for the time being."

Multi-national food giant Nestle was voted the least ethical company over the past 25 years in the survey.

Others companies making up the 10 least ethical companies were Monsanto, Amazon, Shell, Tesco, Barclays, Exxon, Walmart, Coca-Cola and Primark.

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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Aug 4, 2014
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