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 Saturday 11 October, the European Day of Action, people in 400 European cities protested against the much-discussed free trade agreement between Europe and the US, TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership). Meanwhile, over 500,000 European citizens have thus far signed petitions against the TTIP.
High food prices and food riots in developing countries in 2008 drew the attention to food commodity price speculation and unregulated derivatives markets. SOMO assessed how new EU laws regulate commodity derivatives markets and their participants from the perspective of EU farmers and the EU agricultural sector in a report just published by the European Parliament. The report concludes that the perspective of EU farmers and the food chain has not been explicitly been taken into consideration and found many opportunities for further improvements.
On September 22-27, in a small beach town near the port of Suape (Pernambuco, Brazil), representatives of various Brazilian NGOs and communities came together to exchange knowledge and information, decide on their strategy and build capacity in the use of grievance mechanisms to defend their human rights. The 5-day event was organised by Fair, Green and Global Alliance partners Both ENDS and SOMO, working together with the Brazilian Fórum Suape.
Public buyers can help prevent child labour and exploitation. Read more in this article about the usefulness and the need for responsible procurement and get tips on how to put in practice the Social Conditions.
In September SOMO got a new and broader management team. Next to Esther de Haan and Ronald Gijsbertsen, Roos van Os and Gerhard Schuil joined the MT. Roos van Os has been working as a researcher at SOMO for the last seven years; Gerhard Schuil was managing director at Oikos until September. He also chaired Rank-a-Brand and worked at ICCO.