Cargill: Sustainability leader or worst company in the world?

 Open burning in a newly cleared rainforest in West Kalimantan, Indonesia, where Cargill is operating two undisclosed palm oil plantations. | Bild (Ausschnitt): © David Gilbert/RAN 2009 (CC BY-NC 2.0)

Cargill is one of the world’s largest agricultural commodity trader and food processor and United States’ largest privately-owned company, with revenues exceeding $114 billion in 2018. The company dominates the global industrial agricultural system, a system which seeks to convert vast areas of land into industrial and chemically dependent scale monocultures to produce cheap meat, palm oil and chocolate.   ... →

Strong call from OSCE countries to support the negotiations to ban lethal autonomous weapons

On 8 July 2019, Parliamentarians from the 57 participating States of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) have adopted the Declaration on Advancing Sustainable Development to Promote Security (Luxembourg Declaration) negotiated during their annual Parliamentary Assembly in Luxembourg. This Declaration contains some very encouraging paragraphs, in particular the one on killer robots that was submitted by Katja Keul (Germany’s Green Member of Parliament ) with the support of other Members of Parliament from Germany, Liechtenstein and Switzerland:

The OSCE Parliamentary Assembly:

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AGM 2019: Deutsche Bank CEO “we have cleaned up the Deutsche Bank”.

On the 23rd May 2019 Banktrack, Urgewald and Facing Finance, partners in the Fossil Banks-No Thanks campaign, attended the Deutsche Bank AGM under the slogan : “No War- No Warming” To protest Deutsche Bank’s financing of oil and gas, as well as the provision of finance to arms companies exporting to controversial countries (as shown in the Dirty profits 7 report).   ... →

Press Release: As-Salaam-Alaikum (Peace be with you): How the war in Yemen is filling the coffers of European banks.

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(22.5.2019) The DIRTY Profits 7 report presented today in Frankfurt / Main by the NGO Facing Finance highlights the ten European banks with some of the highest investments in 11 global arms companies, companies that have since 2015 been exporting to unstable/crisis-affected countries in the MENA region (Middle East and North Africa) and countries involved in the war in Yemen.   ... →

Press release: Discrimination of women- Not yet an issue for German Banks

Berlin, 07 March 2019 – To commemorate International Women’s Day on the 8th of March, Facing Finance is calling on German banks to consider the gender-specific consequences of their financing and investments.
German banks have already taken the first steps to counter the discrimination and disadvantage of women in their own banks. “However, large banks in particular have not introduced any review processes to check the negative effects of their financing or investment decisions on women,” criticises Sarah Guhr, project manager at Facing Finance.   ... →

Vale implicated in another dam collapse in Brazil with more than 300 casualties feared

 Dam break in Brumadinho | Bild (Ausschnitt): © TV NBR [CC BY 3.0] - Wikimedia Commons

On Friday the 25th of January, a tailings dam at the Córrego de Feijão mine in Brumadinho, Brazil suffered a cave-in, resulting in a toxic landslide causing more than 99 casualties, with still 259 missing. The mudslide engulfed a nearby canteen in which workers of the mine had been eating lunch before progressing to nearby houses.   ... →