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?”. She knows of at least three people from the region who died of cancer before the age of eighteen. ... →
The Dirty Profits 6 report released by Facing Finance highlights the investments of ten european banks in ten extractive companies which continually violate human rights and damage the environment.
(Berlin/Münster) 11.5.2018 News embargo 8:00 am- Minerals and metals are an integral part of our daily lives, from smartphones to toothpaste, but the global extractives industry is also heavily involved in some of the worst labour, environmental and human rights violations, particularly in countries of the South. ... →
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. ... →
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. ... →
Eni is facing a number of charges in the year 2018. The largest and most well-known case is that of Eni’s corruption allegations in relation to the purchase of OPL 245 in Nigeria. Where it is alleged that Eni and Shell conspired with the government of Nigeria and made illegal payments to secure the offshore oil block 245. ... →
Norilsk Nickel, as reported in our previous Dirty Profits 5 report , has had serious concerns in relation to environmental pollution and health problems for the local population. In 2009, the Norwegian Government Pension Fund excluded Norilsk Nickel due to severe environmental degradation at the company’s Polar Division and in particular surrounding the City of Norilsk. ... →