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RSPCA announces Good Business finalists

George at Asda, Tesco, New Look and Marks & Spencer are among the finalists for the RSPCA Good Business Awards 2009 in association with Drapers.

The finalists are selected for their commitment to achieving high standards of animal welfare.

George at Asda, Tesco, M&S and New Look all made the shortlist in the large company category.

George was shortlisted for its complete ban on fur and for its fake fur labelling initiative.

Tesco was shortlisted for its partnership with Defra via its Sustainable Clothing Action Plan and also for its recycled leather footwear scheme.

M&S was shortlisted for its ongoing commitment to animal welfare. Its latest initiatives include aiming to source 100% non-mulesed wool by 2012.

New Look was shortlisted for its ban on real fur, its leather-sourcing development plans and its trials of sustainable fabrics made from bamboo and recycled plastic bottles.

Finisterre, Izzy Lane and Neon Collective are on the shortlist for the best small company category.

Wayne Hemmingway, one of the judges at the awards, said: “We are genuinely impressed by the calibre of entries this year, not only from the smaller, ethically minded companies but also from the growing number of high street retailers who are listening to customers and making huge steps forward for animal welfare.

“When retailers on this scale address these issues, you really do have to be hopeful that we have reached a tipping point and the world is starting to listen.”

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