Occupied, annexed and cashed up

  Bild (Ausschnitt): © REUTERS / Ammar Awad.

How international companies and German financial institutions benefit from and support activities contrary to international law in occupied and annexed territories

  • German banks maintain financial relations with companies operating in occupied and annexed territories in the amount of € 44 billion.
  • Companies and banks neglect their human rights responsibilities and run the risk of participating in and benefiting from illegal settlement activities, from the destruction of infrastructure or from the exploitation of resources in occupied and annexed territories.
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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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New Study : Tobacco Free Investments – Why banks should end their deadly relationship with Tobacco Companies.

To date, 181 countries have signed and ratified the World Health Organization (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control. With the aim of limiting the consumption of tobacco and its life-threatening consequences and reducing the number of smokers. The agreement is considered a success because in many countries, at least the countries of the Global North, smoking rates have significantly reduced.   ... →

Press release: How fair is my bank?

The first free consumer portal rating the social and environmental commitments of German banks sees GLS Bank and Triodos Bank in the lead.

 fair-finance-guide-logo-de(Berlin, March 15, 2016) –  On today’s World Consumer Rights Day, a coalition of German non-governmental organizations (NGOs) is launching the first free online portal reviewing German banks’ social and ecological guidelines: www.fairfinanceguide.de   ... →

Norwegian pension fund decides to review killer robots producers

The Norwegian Government Pension Fund Global warned companies which are developing and producing autonomous weapons systems. Johan H. Andresen, head of the ethics panel of the Pension Fund, told Reuters that in future companies will be critically observed that produce autonomous weapons or are involved in their development.   ... →