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Worst firm award won by Swiss drugs company Roche over organ transplant in China

Posted by Author on January 27, 2010

AFP, Jan. 27, 2010-

DAVOS, Switzerland — The Royal Bank of Canada and Swiss drugs giant Roche won the dubious honour Wednesday of an award for the worst firms for the environment and social responsibility, announced in Davos.

The Canadian bank received the prize for being the “largest financier of environmentally as well as socially disastrous oil sands extraction in the Canadian province of Alberta,” said ecological group Greenpeace and Swiss non-governmental organisation Berne Declaration.

Roche meanwhile won the “People’s Award,” having received the most votes from the public over its organ transplant studies in China, where over 90 percent of all transplanted organs originated from prisoners, said organisers.

“Roche cannot and will not confirm the origins of some 300 organs used for its trials,” organisers said, during the awards at the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in the Swiss mountain resort of Davos.

Contacted by AFP, the Swiss group said it conducted drug trials of its Cellcept medication on patients in China, but that it did not have the right to know the origins of the organs, a spokeswoman said.

“The problem (of executions) has been known for several years and we are working to improve the situation” such that the Chinese authorities would conform to international norms in the issue of organ donations, she added……. (more details from AFP)

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