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Varying environmental performance, good working conditions:
Just like a number of other Norwegian companies operating on Sri Lanka, the horticulture company Green Farms is subject to the regulations of the Board of Investment, which is undermining the right for workers to organise. However, managing director Arne Svinningen is of the opinion that trade unions are good for the company, and about 95% of the company's workers are organised. In spite of there being no formal demands to do so, Green Farms has been trying hard to improve its environmental performance during the later years. However, this performance is still varying, and for growing plants, the company makes use of several chemical pesticides that are banned in Norway because of their impacts on the environment and human health.
Poor environmental performance and union-ban:
In the Katunayake export processing zone, just north of the Sri Lankan capital, Colombo, the Norwegian-owned company New Life Literature owns a factory printing bibles and other Christian literature. Since the factory came into being in 1984, the company has been a supplier of Christian literature to all parts of the world, and at a very low price. The backside of the coin, however, is a ban on trade unions, and all hazardous wastes simply being poured untreated into the sink.