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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 …

On World Water Day let us remember the true cause of water scarcity – corporate power

We often talk about people lacking access to water as if it is some kind of act of God – an unfortunate fact of nature that we as humans need to overcome with our ingenuity. But the fact that two billion people do not have access to clean water is not just a tragedy, it …

Global rules for corporations would stop the land grabs in Sierra Leone

Guest blog by FIAN Belgium A new report by the human rights organization FIAN Belgium documents the impact of the activities of the Belgian-Luxembourgish company SOCFIN on the communities in Malen, southern Sierra Leone. The report is clear: affected communities who have lost access to and control over their land have been exposed to serious …

Three years since the murder of Berta Cáceres – it’s time to hold multinationals to account

This blog was originally published by Friends of the Earth Europe Three years ago, Honduran activist and community leader Berta Cáceres was brutally murdered. Every year, around 200 environmental defenders are killed or assaulted around the world – crimes that are often linked to multinational companies violating human rights. Only a binding agreement on a …

MEPs messed up on the dodgy Singapore ISDS deal – but the real fight begins here

  So, the great European Parliament defeat of ISDS wasn’t to be. Last Wednesday, a day before Valentines Day, MEPs dutifully lined up to express their love for a deal that could turn into an unhealthy relationship – for both sides. MEPs voted 436 to 203 in favour of the EU-Singapore Investment Protection Agreement (EUSIPA). …