This briefing paper gives an overview of the continuing mining controversies in Colombia and their links to European power companies. European power producers supply chains and the Italian energy company Enels imports from Colombia are in focus.
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.
The aim of this report is to highlight how Royal Dutch Shell uses its presence in Switzerland, a notorious tax haven and secrecy jurisdiction, to minimize its tax payments in other countries, including developing countries.
In the 2013 annual report, SOMO gives an overview of all projects, highlights, internal organisational developments and a financial overview of last year.
This report finds that the Dutch-based company ASM International N.V. (ASMI) should take responsibility for addressing health risks at the factories of its former subsidiary company, ASM Pacific Technology (ASMPT). The fact that ASMI is a minority shareholder of ASMPT is no reason for inaction, the report concludes. The background to the research involved the incident whereby an employee of ASMPT in China fell ill with leukemia, after reportedly being exposed to the carcinogenic substance benzene on the work floor.
The Fair, Green + Global alliance presents clear insights into the many shapes and forms of policy influencing according to ten factors that lead to success, including recommendations for policy support measures.
In a research into grievance mechanisms in the electronics industry, SOMO found that very few workers have trust in the grievance mechanisms available in their company. Most workers do not know how complaints are handled, and have limited knowledge about the different complaint channels. The high level of mistrust and the low percentage of satisfactory resolved complaints demonstrates an overall poor performance regarding the implementation of grievance mechanisms.
This fact sheet is about child labour in the global textile and garment supply chain, particularly in Asia. This fact sheet offerts a number of suggestions for buying companies - such as buying houses, brands and retailers - to help ban child labour from all phases of their supply chains, from the sourcing of raw materials to the stitching of final products, and to rehabilitate any child workers they might come across.
This study assesses the implementation of the national policy on the national level, within the provinces and lower governing bodies. SOMO looked at tenders in electronics (phones), (company) clothing, coffee (for vending machines) and natural stone (for the renovation of streets or public squares). This study shows that governments hardly apply the national policies. In only 3 of the 25 cases, they were literally referred to. In 15 of 25 cases (60 %), respect for international labour standards were included in the tender specifications, but this was mostly not done according to the rules and guidelines of the national policy for sustainable procurement.
Several international guidelines aim to persuade corporations to take responsibility for the social, ecological and economic consequences of their activities. Three of these instruments form the ‘core set of internationally recognised principles and guidelines regarding Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)’: the 'OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises', the 'United Nations Global Compact' and 'ISO 26000 Guidance on Social Responsibility'. This comparison clarifies the similarities and differences between the three instruments. SOMO has developed this comparison to provide civil society organisations with the necessary information so that they can assess whether and how to use these instruments in their work to promote and enforce corporate accountability.