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Overseas Companies

Volume 476: debated on Monday 2 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what advice his Department issues to UK businesses operating overseas on the reinvestment of profits in local communities. (206935)

BERR encourages business to build Corporate Responsibility into its operations. The joint BERR/FCO organisation UK Trade and Investment, which helps UK based companies succeed in international markets, has a package of training to raise awareness and encourage staff to make UK businesses aware of the need to take account of their economic, social and environmental impacts when trading internationally.

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what advice his Department issues to UK businesses operating overseas on in-country environmental and planning guidelines. (206936)

BERR encourages business to build corporate responsibility into its operations and to take account of local guidelines. The joint BERR/FCO organisation, UK Trade and Investment, helps UK based companies succeed in international markets and has a global network of staff in some 100 countries who can advise UK business on environmental and planning guidelines relevant to their business in overseas markets.