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...
Last week, the independent accountability mechanism of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) announced it will investigate a EBRD-financed mine in Mongolia. The investigation comes in response to a complaint filed to the EBRD’s Project Complaint Mechanism (PCM) in December 2014 from herders affected by the iron ore mine.
SOMO together with New Rules on Global Finance (US) and WEED (Germany), is organising on 3-4 September 2015 a seminar how to integrate public policy goals in financial reforms. The meeting takes place just before the G20 Finance Ministers and Governors of central banks are meeting in Ankara. Therefore, assessing the G20 Financial reforms will be part of the seminar’s agenda.
On May 21st 2015, SOMO, Oxfam Novib and Tilburg Law School convened an expert meeting on the private sector and conflict-sensitivity in The Hague. This event was supported by the Knowledge Platform Security & Rule of Law. The goal was to contribute to a better understanding of the complex role of the private sector in fragile and conflict-affected settings and to take stock of current research.
Together with 22 organisations from 22 EU-member states, SOMO participates in a large project - SupplyCha!nge project - to make supermarket supply chains more fair and green. The first public activity in this project is a EU wide photo competition. The winner wins a trip to the expo in Milan.
A few days after the start of Fairphone's pre-order campaign for its Fairphone 2, Südwind, SOMO and the GoodElectronics network are publishing a comparative review of sustainable and social standards among ‘fair’ smartphones.