Christians to challenge Government and big business at Labour conference

By staff writers
September 8, 2006

Christians to challenge Government and big business at Labour conference

-08/09/06

Three Christian groups are to challenge both the UK government and big business at a debate during the upcoming Labour Party Conference in Manchester.

Trade Secretary Alistair Darling MP and Edward Bickham, vice-president of gold mining company Anglo-American, will face tough questions over the role of corporations in developing countries, at an event hosted by CAFOD, Christian Aid and the Christian Socialist Movement (CSM).

Titled "Does British business help the world's poor?", the event will also feature a talk by CAFODís private sector analyst Anne Lindsay. The meeting will be chaired by Stephen Beer, the vice-chair of CSM.

CAFODís Unearth Justice campaign has discovered many devastating impacts of gold-mining companiesí operations in countries such as Honduras and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

The role of British companies is a key concern in the fight against poverty. The poor behaviour of some multinational corporations mean that trade has all too often caused harm to poor communities, workers and the environment.

With a bill going through parliament that could tighten company law, this issue is a hot topic, making headlines and commanding the attention of MPs and ministers.

The event takes place on Tuesday 26 September 6.30-7.30pm at Friends Meeting House, 6 Mount Street, Manchester, M2 5NS

Christians to challenge Government and big business at Labour conference

-08/09/06

Three Christian groups are to challenge both the UK government and big business at a debate during the upcoming Labour Party Conference in Manchester.

Trade Secretary Alistair Darling MP and Edward Bickham, vice-president of gold mining company Anglo-American, will face tough questions over the role of corporations in developing countries, at an event hosted by CAFOD, Christian Aid and the Christian Socialist Movement (CSM).

Titled "Does British business help the world's poor?", the event will also feature a talk by CAFODís private sector analyst Anne Lindsay. The meeting will be chaired by Stephen Beer, the vice-chair of CSM.

CAFODís Unearth Justice campaign has discovered many devastating impacts of gold-mining companiesí operations in countries such as Honduras and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

The role of British companies is a key concern in the fight against poverty. The poor behaviour of some multinational corporations mean that trade has all too often caused harm to poor communities, workers and the environment.

With a bill going through parliament that could tighten company law, this issue is a hot topic, making headlines and commanding the attention of MPs and ministers.

The event takes place on Tuesday 26 September 6.30-7.30pm at Friends Meeting House, 6 Mount Street, Manchester, M2 5NS

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