UN-draft binding treaty on human rights for transnational corporations and other business enterprises.

Crude oil in an open toxic oil waste pit abandoned by Chevron in the Ecuadorean Amazon Rainforest near Lago Agrio. Photo by Caroline Bennett/Rainforest Action Network via Flickr.

The negotiation process towards a meaningful treaty on business and human rights has been underway since 2014 at the UN Human Rights Council. The process has been a slow one but the development and release of the draft treaty in July this year is a strong indication that there is a clear change coming to the world of business and human rights.   ... →

“Relationships” in Congo – Corruption allegations against Glencore

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Glencore, the world’s largest commodity corporation, is suspected of corruption in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and is expected to be sued on that basis. A Glencore subsidiary is said to have paid $ 6 million annually since 2013 to a company in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, on a quid pro quo basis.   ... →

Amazon’s Kindle and Echo Dot: serious labour violations in China at Foxxconn factory

Cover of China Labour Watch Report

In 2017 Amazon earned over $3 billion in profit, reaching record highs that exceeded Wall Streets expectations . This information is difficult to correlate with the new report that has been recently released by the NGO China Labour Watch.

The new report details the oppressive labour conditions faced by dispatch workers at Amazon’s factories in China .     ... →

Deadly protests lead to the closure of Vedanta’s copper smelter in southern India

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The Tuticorin copper smelter located in a South Indian city of 320,000 and owned by Vedanta Resources, has faced criticism for more than two decades for causing increased cancer rates in surrounding villages. Nisha Valderas, a resident, describes the situation: “If you go to the doctor, the first question is: Are you from Tuticorin?”.   ... →

Tank deal for Yücel’s release?

Leopard 2 A7 in the training centre of the german army

Just a few days after Deniz Yücel’s surprise release, it appears that Turkey is expecting something in return. At the Munich Security Conference, Prime Minister Yildrim told dpa that it had requested German participation in the planned construction of the primary Turkish battle tank. According to the SZ, more than 1000 Atalay tanks are planned, for which the RBSS joint venture between the Turkish truck producer BMC and Rheinmetall was already founded in 2016.   ... →

Samsung Electronics – Climate Change

 Greenpeace-Aktivisten protestieren gegen den Klimawandel  | Bild (Ausschnitt): © Tim Aubry [CC BY-SA 3.0] - https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=File:Too_big_to_fail_Greenpeace_banner_Phil_Radford.jpg

The latest Greenpeace report published January 2018 exposes Samsung Electronics’ overreliance on fossil fuels. Reports show that Samsung used more than 16,000GW/h of energy in 2016 alone, of which only 1% was sourced from renewables.((https://www.greenpeace.de/sites/www.greenpeace.de/files/publications/20171017-factsheet-greenpeace-green-it-guide.pdf)) This lags far behind other global IT companies, among Apple Inc., which have already committed to 100% renewables by 2020. In effect, this is controversial to Samsung’s claim “Do Bigger Things” as the company “lacks action to mitigate the effects its massive production has on the environment,” said Jude Lee, Senior IT Campaigner at Greenpeace East Asia.   ... →