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New management team starting in September

New management team starting in September

Sep 02, 2014

As of 1 September, SOMO is adding two new members to its existing management team. Programme manager Esther de Haan and managing director Ronald Gijsbertsen will welcome Gerhard Schuil (manager) and Roos van Os (programme manager) to SOMO’s management.

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  Indians feel the pain now that Nokia is taken over by Microsoft

Indians feel the pain now that Nokia is taken over by Microsoft

Aug 29, 2014

The Finnish company Nokia used to be the charming ‘girl next door’ among the telecoms. But the takeover by Microsoft has changed it all. It’s the Vietnamese and Indian workers assembling the mobile phones who are now the dupes.

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Tackle corporate impunity for human rights abuses

Tackle corporate impunity for human rights abuses

Jul 25, 2014

Human rights abuses by companies are regularly covered by the media: think of the Nigerian farmers whose land is contaminated through the oil extraction activities of among others, Shell; the murders and threats to Colombian union leaders which reportedly oppose the mining company Drummond; or employees in unsafe textile factories in Bangladesh who manufacture for brands such as Benetton. The Netherlands should actively seek to put an end to the impunity that characterises these abuses. And it should do so by using a ‘smart mix’ of judicial and non-judicial measures.

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Colombian coal in Europe

Colombian coal in Europe

Jul 01, 2014

Much of the coal used to provide the Netherlands with energy comes from controversial Colombian mining projects. SOMO’s briefing paper ‘Colombian coal in Europe’ firstly charts which role European energy suppliers play in this and how their supply chains look. The paper shows that there are still many structural problems in the Colombian mines and that there is a chronic lack of transparency in the coal supply chain. Furthermore, the import operations of the Italian company Enel, a large European importer of Colombian coal, are examined in a case study.

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EU proposal will weaken regulation of banks

EU proposal will weaken regulation of banks

Jul 01, 2014

According to a leaked document, the EU is bent on using the TTIP negotiations with the US to get an agreement on financial regulation that, according to the analysis by Kenneth Haar of Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO) and Myriam Vander Stichele of The Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations (SOMO) will weaken reform and control of the financial sector.

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