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'Dirty list' firms to pull out of Burma

The advertising giant WPP, PricewaterhouseCoopers and the cruise company Carnival were yesterday considering withdrawing from Burma after the Government and human rights campaigners stepped up action against companies that support the country’s military dictatorship. P&O Cruises, through its parent, Carnival, the global auditing company Ernst & Young and WPP were all yesterday added to the “dirty list” of companies that operate in the country by the Burma Campaign UK, as were 3 Mobile and Superdrug through their parent, Hutchison Whampoa. PwC was already on the list but yesterday wrote to the Burma Campaign UK to confirm that its interest in Burma is being “re-evaluated”. WPP said it was reviewing the future of its office “as a matter of urgency” and it is understood that is it very close to closure. The company only acquired an office in Burma through its recent and protracted acquisition of Cordiant. Full Story

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