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Multinationals and Conflict

Multinationals and Conflict
December 2014 M. van Dorp

This publication aims to bring together existing knowledge about 24 international principles and guidelines for companies operating in conflict-affected areas. The main purpose is to give a relevant overview for use by affected communities and workers in their dealings with companies in case of business-related human right violations.

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Financial instruments and legal frameworks of derivatives markets in EU agriculture

Financial instruments and legal frameworks of derivatives markets in EU agriculture
July 2014 M. Vander Stichele

For the first time, new EU laws regulate the agricultural commodity derivatives markets and their participants. By 1st July 2014, some important technical standards and other instruments that determine the effectiveness and the enforcement of these laws still needed to be decided. This study finds that the price discovery and hedging functions of European agricultural commodity derivatives markets and their related infrastructure in the physical agricultural markets need improvements from the perspective of European farmers and the agricultural sector.

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EU action needed for fair supermarket supply chains

EU action needed for fair supermarket supply chains
June 2014 S. van der Wal, Emese Gulyás

Policy and case study research by a European coalition of civil society organisations shows EU policy action is needed to secure decent work and prevent unfair trading in supermarket supply chains from developing countries.

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The Dutch Good Growth Fund

The Dutch Good Growth Fund
November 2013 R. van Os, Paassen, B. van, Wiertsema, W., Franck, A.

The Dutch Good Growth Fund (DGGF), initiated by the Dutch government, will commence in 2014. The DGGF issues export and investment financing to Dutch and local businesses for activities in developing countries. This briefing has been written in response to the recently published memorandum for the Dutch parliament, called ‘Ondernemen voor ontwikkeling’ (Business for Development), which provides detailed information about the DGGF. The starting point for evaluating this memorandum is the fact that the fund must safeguard the principles of development cooperation in all cases. The implementation of the DGGF in early 2014 should be seen as an opportunity to start a continuing critical discussion about the functioning of the private sector in development cooperation. This briefing aims to contribute to this concept in a concrete and constructive way.

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Spilling the Beans

Spilling the Beans
February 2013 S. van der Wal, M. Theuws, F. Scheele

Leading Dutch supermarkets follow specific approaches for ensuring decent working conditions and business-to-business fair commercial practices in their fresh fruit and vegetables supply chain. The Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations (SOMO) conducted research to compare these approaches with the actual conditions for workers and producers in Morocco that supply several of these supermarkets with green beans.

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