Focus: Corporate Responsibility - Group asks public to adopt its employees

Corporate Watch, the small not-for-profit research group that monitors multinational business, is launching an adopt-an-employee scheme to ward off a financial crisis.

Each one of its seven staff members is up for adoption in return for a regular donation. Supporters will receive thank-you letters and adoption certificates from the group.

Jean Paldan, marketing manager at Corporate Watch, said prospective guardians could choose the staff member they wanted from images posted on the website.

After signing up to the scheme through the group's website, adopter's will receive regular updates as to how their own Corporate Watcher is doing.

But the group is not accepting any money from corporate bodies under any circumstances.

Loukas Christodoulou, news editor of Corporate Watch, said: "It's a struggle because the corporations control the majority of easy wealth. Our problem is our desire to be independent. That would end if we took money from corporates. All CSR schemes that corporates fund have a bottom-line benefit for themselves."

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