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Hundreds of European candidates pledged to end corporate impunity

  Thanks to supporters like you, we have managed to win the backing of hundreds of candidates for the European elections. Across Europe, activists have been asking their MEP candidates  to vote against all forms of ISDS and for binding corporate accountability rules at EU and UN levels. In some places like France, Denmark and …

The young rebel against environmental chaos, but we need to beat corporate power first

A generation is rebelling. Across the world, young people are protesting the destruction of their futures. New movements like Extinction Rebellion and Fridays for Future (made famous by Greta Thunberg) join existing ones in the coalition fighting to save the future of our world. If you’re like me, you’ll welcome the anger we’re seeing from …

The ECJ verdict changes nothing – ISDS may not be illegal but it is immoral

This morning the European Court of Justice passed its judgment on the compatibility of the investment chapter of the EU-Canada CETA agreement with EU law. Unfortunately for campaigners fighting hard against the corporate stitch-up that is CETA, the court decided that the ISDS part of the deal was in fact compatible with EU law. This …

Six years since the Rana Plaza tragedy – corporations are still getting away with murder

Six years ago today, the Rana Plaza commercial building in the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka, collapsed killing 1134 people and injuring many others. Many of them were garment workers (disproportionately women) making clothes for wealthy customers in the West. They were paid as little as 38 Euros a month. It was among the worst such disasters …

Explain ISDS to your mum? Here’s why you should do it. And how

  “ISDS? Isn’t that the name of the international space station?” ISDS is an awful system. It allows multinationals to bully our governments by threatening to sue them if they dare pass policies they don’t like. It is also a complicated subject. Even the acronym ISDS seems designed to bore and confuse people – whether they …

We the people reject ISDS. So why are our governments trying to expand it?

This week in New York, a meeting is taking place that will not attract very much media interest. On the face of it, that isn’t surprising. The meeting of Working Group III of the UN Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) hardly sounds like scintillating front page news. But in amongst the lobbies of UN …

Two years since French vigilance law, momentum builds against corporate impunity

By Swann Bommier, advocacy officer at CCFD-Terre Solidaire On 27 March 2017, the duty of vigilance law came into force in France. Two years later, this law, unique in the world, is cited as a reference in Brussels and Geneva. Is it the first stepping stone towards putting end to the impunity of multinationals? Industrial …