EXPOSED: For the good of mankind! – The Nobel Prize Foundation continues to reward award winners with profits from irresponsible and unsustainable investments, thus violating its own guidelines

 Nobel Prize medal inscribed to F. G. Banting
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Berlin, the 10th of December 2018- Berlin, the 10th of December 2018- Last year, Berlin based NGO Facing Finance and Framtiden from Norway uncovered that the award money for the Nobel Peace Prize (925.000€) awarded to the campaign to abolish nuclear weapons came from investment in their manufacturers. The Nobel Prize Foundation promised improvement.

Current research by Facing Finance now shows that the Nobel Prize Foundation has only partially fulfilled this promise.   ... →

Anglo American – Planned extension of Minas-Rio mine despite leaks in pipeline

 Minas Rio Mine. Google Earth Image.  | Bild (Ausschnitt): © Google Earth - Google Earth

The Dirty Profits 6 was released in May 2018 and reported on violations committed by mining companies including environmental and human rights violations. One of the companies covered in the report was Anglo American, a large multinational mining and raw material processing corporation. There were two cases in the Brazilian state Mina Gerais in March 2018 that lead to considerable pollution due to leakages that were found in the iron pipeline.   ... →

Samarco Minercao: summary and progress on court cases and fines

Over two years after the disaster, there is still no complete assessment of the socio-environmental and socio-economic damages suffered by the affected communities.

As reported in Dirty Profits 6 – In March 2016, Samarco, Vale and BHP Billiton signed an agreement with the federal and state governments for socioeconomic and environmental recovery work worth a total of around BRL20bn over 15 years.   ... →

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

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.   ... →

Meat, Methane and Global Warming

The meat industry is heavily responsible for global warming, according to a recent study by the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) and the environmental organisation Grain. The emissions of the animals in the form of methane, as well as the production of the meat are the key factors  contributing to the massive greenhouse gas emissions from the meat industry.   ... →

“Relationships” in Congo – Corruption allegations against Glencore

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.   ... →