The Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations (SOMO) is an independent, not-for-profit research and network organisation
working on social, ecological and economic issues related to sustainable
development. Since 1973, the organisation investigates multinational
corporations and the consequences of their activities for people and the
environment around the world. More...
On 15 April, a broad coalition of civil society organisations from across Europe have launched 'Politics for the People', a campaign to urge candidates for the upcoming European elections to “stand-up for citizens and democracy against the excessive lobbying influence of banks and big business”. Over 40 MEPs have already signed up.
In the run-up to the European elections, SOMO and partners in the Fair Green and Global (FGG) Alliance are organising an electoral debate in De Brakke Grond in Amsterdam (23 April). Sandra Rottenberg will be chairing a session where current European Parliament (MEPs) and new candidates will discuss and debate the question: “How can Europe find a greener and fairer way out of the crisis?” All of the political parties that are running in the European elections will be represented.
How can trade unions effectively address labour rights violations that take place in the cocoa sector in Ghana on an international level? Two SOMO researchers, Sanne van der Wal and Irene Schipper, travelled to Ghana to provide trade union members with practical information and concrete tools for action during a two-day training programme in Tema on 12 and 13 March 2014.
SOMO researchers Roos van Os and Indra Römgens published an article in 'de Volkskrant' (Dutch newspaper) about the question: Why does the Netherlands make it possible for dubious mining companies, tax dodgers, dictators and arms dealers to hide their identity?
SOMO’s Human Rights & Grievance Mechanisms Programme is a four-year project. The March 2014 newsletter highlights specific cases addressing corporate misconduct and adverse human rights impacts, and updates on policies and procedures relating to various grievance mechanisms. Furthermore you read about the latest additions to the website www.grievancemechanisms.org.