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The United States Department of Justice (DoJ) has announced that McKesson Corporation (McKesson) has agreed to pay US$18 million to resolve allegations that the San Francisco-based pharmaceutical distributor "knowingly submitted false claims to [the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)] for shipping and handling services that did not satisfy its contractual obligations".

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Apple has released Environmental Responsibility Report (June 2014), which reports on the company's progress in the area of environmental responsibility in 2013-14.

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Sainsbury's supermarket chain operator J Sainsbury has announced that it has partnered with waste manager Biffa to install a facility that will allow a local Sainsbury's store in the United Kingdom to "run on power generated solely from ... food waste".

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A jury in the United States state of Florida has ordered R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company to pay a surviving spouse US$23 billion in punitive damages for the deceased's death.

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The Coca-Cola Company (Coca-Cola) and the World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF) have jointly released the Annual Review 2013 (undated) of their global partnership.

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The Adidas Group (Adidas) has announced a strategic partnership with textile chemical assessment tool provider Bluesign Technologies aimed at improving the environmental sustainability of Adidas's textile manufacturing.

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TransCanada Corporation (TransCanada) has made available its 2013 Corporate Social Responsibility Report (undated). The report is structured around ten focus areas, including ethical conduct, health and safety, protecting communities, environmental protection and Aboriginal, Native American and Indigenous peoples.

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BNY Mellon has made available its Corporate Social Responsibility [(CSR)] 2013 Report (undated), which details the organisation's approach to CSR and its progress towards its CSR goals during the calendar year 2013.

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The European Commission (EC) is seeking public comment on the impact that its corporate social responsibility (CSR) strategy, as outlined in A renewed EU strategy 2011-14 for Corporate Social Responsibility (25 October 2011), has had over the past three years and the role it should play in the future. The EC is particularly seeking feedback on the success of the EC's actions "in enhancing market reward for CSR, further integrating CSR in education, training and research[,] and better aligning European and global approaches to CSR".

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Oxfam International (Oxfam) has released its Company Scorecard, which provides Oxfam's first annual assessment of the social and environmental policies of the ten biggest food and beverage companies worldwide since February 2013. According to Oxfam, nine of the ten companies improved their scores with the top three performers being Nestle, Unilever and Coca-Cola, all of which had policies addressing "issues like hunger, poverty, women's rights, land grabs and climate change in their supply chains". General Mills made no improvements in its policies and was ranked last, while Associated British Foods (ABF), Kellogg, Danone, Mars, Mondelez and PepsiCo were all marked as slow improvers in 2013.

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