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...
The Dutch Department of Waterways and Public Works, Rijkswaterstaat, has thus far taken very few steps to avert social abuses on its construction sites. This is according to SOMO’s latest research report, which was commissioned by FNV Bouw, a Dutch trade union specialising in construction.
Last week, the Luxembourg Leaks investigation exposed the secret deals which have allowed transnational companies to dodge taxes on a colossal scale. In its wake, a new report – Hidden Profits – compares 15 EU countries’ performance on combatting tax dodging and ensuring financial transparency – and finds they are still failing to address urgent problems which cost both developed and developing countries billions of euros every year.
Where are our clothes made? What route do they follow from cotton field to yarn to garment? Bargain-seekers have no way of knowing how things actually work in spinning mills and garment factories. But then again, neither do business researchers. The reason is simple: the data is missing. Even Western fashion brands and shops, who are the direct purchasers, say they are none the wiser.
At thursday 30 October, the annual congress ‘Groen is de rode draad’ (Green is the red thread) by industry organisations Modint, InRetail and VGT took place. The industry organisations presented a status update of the action plan for sustainability in the Dutch textile and garment supply chains. This action plan aims to bring about structural improvements in working conditions in the sector. A number of thematic working groups have been set up to facilitate discussion and implementation by the members of these three industry organisations.
A new investigative report, which includes field research in South Korea, points out at severe violations of labour rights in the electronics industry, particularly regarding health and safety issues, and freedom of association restrictions.