21 October 2016

Contribution to the UN on transnational corporations with respect to human rights, for their second session, 24–28 October 2016, on three core elements of a future treaty.

30 May 2016

This report aims to provide a resource for civil society groups, states and all those engaged in the UN treaty process in the run up to the second intergovernmental working group (IGWG) session, which is due to take place from 24 to 28 October 2016. It discusses options for the following aspects of the treaty: access to remedy; enforcement mechanisms; and its relationship with the trade and investment regime.

21 April 2016

This briefing outlines the reasons that a delegation of Indigenous Lenca activists from Honduras are visiting five European countries (Belgium, the Netherlands, Finland, Germany and Spain) from April 19 - May 6, 2016 to meet with meet, policy makers and NGOs and financiers, join national protests, and talk to media and the general public about the repression and impunity in their country.

1 February 2016

This briefing paper says that Europe needs to toughen-up its regulations for how investors deal with environmental and social risks. It is based on the joint submission by Global Witness and Friends of the Earth Europe, on 31st January 2016, in response to the European Commission's call for evidence on the EU regulatory framework for financial services

8 December 2015

A large number of forest fires have been discovered on Indonesian plantations owned by global palm oil companies Bumitama and Wilmar International. Despite new evidence that both companies violate their own ‘no deforestation’ policies, this report says major U.S. and European investors have not taken significant steps to address these problems.

27 November 2015

This report explains how the European Union is aggressively pursuing special rights for businesses whilst hampering efforts to hold corporations responsible for the human rights violations they commit.

9 November 2015

Following the revelations and wider implications of the dieselgate emissions scandal, European organisations sent this open letter to the Presidents of the European Institutions calling for EU action to protect citizens from air pollution and the manipulative and fraudulent behaviour of carmakers.

21 November 2013

This report is the result of an investigation into two of the world’s leading distributors of palm oil. It documents the illegal logging of land near protected forests in Indonesia by Bumitama Agri Group. The illegal activities include irregular permits, the encroachment on land which is home to endangered orangutans, and illegal clearing and landgrabbing.

1 May 2011

With conventional oil production in decline, the global oil industry is investing heavily in dirtier and riskier forms of unconventional oil such as heavy crude, tar sands, and oil shale. These investments pose a challenge to the climate, the environment, and local communities. This paper is a document that describes the drivers behind marginal oil investments and gives an overview of existing and potential projects across the globe. It contains important analysis that should be public knowledge and will productively feed the ongoing debate, from Cancun to Durban to Rio and beyond.

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