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...
‘In conflict-affected areas it is of vital importance to monitor multinational corporations operating there and to support local communities who are impacted by these corporations,’ states SOMO researcher Mark van Dorp. ‘Particularly in conflict-affected countries, corporations can inflict great damage because of the lack of a functioning government and of civil society.’ This is why SOMO has initiated the ‘Multinational Corporations in Conflict’ programme, and recently took part in the conference organised by the Knowledge Platform on Security & Rule of Law.
The 2012 Multi Stakeholder Initiatives (MSI) guide and UN Guiding Principles (UNGP) guide are now available in Chinese.
The management of Electrolux Thailand has violated the freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining of the workers of the Electrolux Rayong plant, according to Swedwatch.
The Netherlands plays a central role in the global tax avoidance industry by offering a combination of domestic legislation and fiscal infrastructure that facilitates international tax planning. In 2012 and 2013 a plethora of media articles and research was published on the role of the Netherlands as a major hub in tax avoidance as a conduit country for major multinational corporations and financial institutions.
87 civil society organisations from Malyasia and abroad are calling on Renesas Semiconductor (formerly NEC Semiconductors Malaysia) to stop obstructing or delaying, and immediately accord recognition to the union.