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...
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.
In a research into grievance mechanisms in the electronics industry in 5 different countries SOMO found that very few workers have trust in the grievance mechanisms in their company. Most workers do not know how complaints are handled, and have limited knowledge about the different complaint channels. Overall contract workers are treated unequally: in several cases they have no access to the existing grievance mechanisms. The high level of mistrust and the low percentage of satisfactorily resolved complaints demonstrate an overall poor performance regarding GM implementation.
The European Union’s current trade and investment policies are geared towards maximising company profits, in detriment of social and environmental standards. It is crucial to introduce a new perspective on trade. To this aim, more than 50 civil society organisations have gathered their strengths and proposed an Alternative Trade Mandate (ATM).