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 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.
The Dutch Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, Mrs. Ploumen, has said that Dutch chipmaker NXP Semiconductors has to live up to international labour standards. The Minister stated this position answering questions raised by the Socialist Party (SP) in Dutch parliament, following a report on NXP recently published by GoodElectronics.
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.
From 6-10 July, the first session of discussions took place within the United Nations Intergovernmental Working Group (IGWG) towards a treaty on human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises. Civil society organisations (CSOs) from all over the world – including SOMO – contributed with a wealth of proposals and thorough analyses of the urgent need for an international, legally binding instrument to prevent business-related human rights abuses and to provide justice and remedy for affected people. SOMO was joined in Geneva by other members of the newly-formed Treaty Alliance, including Friends of the Earth , the European Coalition for Corporate Justice (ECCJ), International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), organisations supporting the Dismantle Corporate Power campaign and many others.