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Norway Oil Fund Clear to Invest in General Dynamics, Rio Tinto, Walmart and Others

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06/25/2019 | 04:54am EDT

By Dominic Chopping

Norway's trillion-dollar oil fund has been given the green light to invest in a group of companies that had previously been excluded on ethical grounds.

Norges Bank, the country's central bank that manages the fund, said Tuesday that it has decided to revoke the exclusions after recommendations from the fund's ethics council.

The decision means the sovereign wealth fund can invest in Grupo Carso SAB de CV (GCARSO.MX), General Dynamics, Nutrien, Rio Tinto, Rio Tinto PLC, Walmart and Wal-Mart de Mexico SAB de CV (WALMEX.MX).

Grupo Carso was excluded from the fund in 2011 due to tobacco production, but the company has made it clear for the ethics council that it is no longer involved in tobacco production, Norges Bank said.

General Dynamics Corp. was excluded in 2005 due to the production of cluster munitions but the company has made it clear that such production has been terminated.

Nutrien (previously known as Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan) was excluded in 2011 after an assessment of the risk of violations of fundamental ethical norms related to the company's operations in Western Sahara. The ethics council found that these purchases now have ceased.

Rio Tinto Ltd. and Rio Tinto PLC were excluded in 2008 based on an assessment of the risk of severe environmental damage related to the Grasberg mine in Indonesia. The company has signed an agreement to sell its interest in the mine.

Walmart Inc. and Wal-Mart de Mexico were excluded in 2006 based on an assessment of serious or systematic violations of human rights. Norges Bank said the ethics council has found that the grounds for exclusion are no longer present.

Write to Dominic Chopping at dominic.chopping@wsj.com; @domchopping @WSJNordics

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ChangeLast1st jan.
GENERAL DYNAMICS CORPORATION 0.38% 187.14 Delayed Quote.18.21%
GRUPO CARSO S.A. DE C.V. -0.13% 68.45 End-of-day quote.-2.66%
GRUPO CARSO S.A. DE C.V. (ADR) -4.50% 6.79 Delayed Quote.0.00%
LME COPPER CASH 0.80% 5997.5 End-of-day quote.2.71%
LME ZINC CASH 1.42% 2461 End-of-day quote.-0.04%
NUTRIEN LTD 1.63% 66.65 Delayed Quote.2.28%
RIO TINTO -0.37% 4850 Delayed Quote.30.51%
RIO TINTO LIMITED -0.64% 103.25 End-of-day quote.32.42%
SILVER 1.18% 15.574 Delayed Quote.-1.52%
WAL-MART DE MEXICO S A B DE C V 2.35% 54.9 End-of-day quote.9.87%
WALMART INC. -0.03% 114.965 Delayed Quote.23.44%
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