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Using Grievance Mechanisms

Using Grievance Mechanisms
March 2014 E. de Haan, Colleen Freeman

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.

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Fact Sheet child labour - Focus on the role of buying companies

Fact Sheet child labour - Focus on the role of buying companies
March 2014 Overeem, P., M. Theuws

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.

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Corporate Responsibility Instruments

Corporate Responsibility Instruments
December 2013 M. Theuws, M. van Huijstee

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.

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Taking Lobbying Public

Taking Lobbying Public
December 2013 R. van Tilburg, I.D.J. Römgens

This report by the Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations (SOMO) looks at the transparency of lobbying by six Dutch banks – the four largest, covering around 80-90% of most Dutch banking markets, and two small ethical banks.

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Giving with one hand and taking with the other

Giving with one hand and taking with the other
December 2013 R. van Os, McGauran, K.

This report reveals the state of money laundering, tax avoidance and tax evasion, and the extent of government action against them, across 13 EU Countries.

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Cuadrilla Resources Ltd.

Cuadrilla Resources Ltd.
November 2013 J. Wilde Ramsing, K. Racz

The Quick Scan assesses and analyses several aspects of Cuadrilla Resources operations, policies and the companys track record and involvement in controversies related to CSR issues. Cuadrilla is one of the companies that has been granted a preliminary licence for shale gas exploration in the Netherlands using hydraulic fracturing (fracking).

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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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Conflict Due Diligence by European Companies

Conflict Due Diligence by European Companies
October 2013 T. Steinweg, G. ten Kate

The European Commission is expected to present an initiative on the responsible sourcing of minerals from conflict-affected and high risk areas before the end of 2013. In the US, Dodd Frank 1502 already places requirements on industry to publicly disclose their use of ‘conflict minerals’ originiating from the Democratic Republic of Congo. While it is often assumed that European industry is undertaking due diligence on its use of conflict minerals, no comprehensive overview of efforts by European companies is available to date.

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The Independent Review Mechanism of the African Development Bank

The Independent Review Mechanism of the African Development Bank
October 2013

A brochure which explains the grievance mechanism of the African Development Bank, as of September 2013. It outlines the key AfDB policy and process, the who, what, when, where and why of filing a complaint and a step-by-step guide about how to file a complaint. r 20

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Fact sheet forced labour

Fact sheet forced labour
September 2013 Overeem, P., M. Theuws

 

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