Leading investment corporations, including two major banks, were attacked by an environmental group yesterday for neglecting green issues in their strategies. Friends of the Earth warned the lack of such an agenda could cause the corporations to become 'accidental polluters'. The group surveyed 20 of the 21 registered Mandatory Provident Fund (MPF) providers, requesting information on socially responsible investment options. Only five replied and none gave positive answers. CMG Asia and HSBC, which replied verbally, said they had never heard of socially responsible investment. In written replies, Butterfield and the Standard Chartered Bank said they did not offer such options. Pacific Century said such options might be included, but did not provide any evidence. 'Hong Kong employees can now only choose on risk level,' said William Che Wai-lam, Friends of the Earth spokesman. 'We are calling for consumers' rights to choose these options.' When it is officially implemented on December 1, the MPF scheme will affect more than three million employees and nearly 300,000 employers. The Mandatory Provident Fund Ordinance does not oblige trustees and fund providers to state whether they consider social or environmental issues in their investment strategy. Standard Chartered is looking to include socially responsible options in the future, said Robert Fok Tak-pun, senior manager of MPF services. 'We will take a look when it approaches December 1.' HSBC spokesman David Hall said the bank did not offer such options because 'there is no globally recognised standard to assess social responsibility level. Without a universal benchmark, it is difficult to offer these options.'