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Time for Governments and the OECD to #StepItUp

Time for Governments and the OECD to #StepItUp

Jun 21, 2016

2016 marks the 40th anniversary of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises. For this occasion, OECD Watch has published a new publication and is calling on the OECD and its adhering governments to step it up with measures to ensure that businesses respect the Guidelines and recommended actions towards strengthening and improving their National Contact Points.

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Egyptian patients targeted in clinical drugs trials from which they do not benefit

Egyptian patients targeted in clinical drugs trials from which they do not benefit

Jun 21, 2016

Testing drugs has shifted in recent years from Europe and the United States to countries where trial costs are lower. Despite, or perhaps because of, the limited functioning of the legislative and monitoring power of the government since the Arab Spring in 2011, the number of clinical tests in Egypt has risen, making it the most popular country in Africa for testing drugs (after South Africa).

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EU political agreement on conflict minerals risks allowing a deadly trade to continue

EU political agreement on conflict minerals risks allowing a deadly trade to continue

Jun 16, 2016

Despite its rhetoric on responsible business, Europe has prioritised profit over people, said civil society organisations after European Union (EU) institutions agreed on a new law intended to tackle the European conflict minerals trade. The extraction and trade of minerals has been linked to conflict and human rights abuses around the world. The EU is a major destination for minerals, with companies bringing them into Europe in both their raw form and as part of everyday products from laptops and mobile phones to engines and jewellery.

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Illegal closing Barro Blanco dam puts native lands under water

Illegal closing Barro Blanco dam puts native lands under water

Jun 08, 2016

Against all agreements, the Panamanian government and the company Genisa closed the locks of the Barro Blanco dam in the Tabasará River. This while they had agreed earlier that the dam reservoir would not be filled until a new agreement between all stakeholders would have been reached.

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Short circuit on the green energy market

Short circuit on the green energy market

Jun 07, 2016

Greenpeace launched a campaign that points out that Dutch municipalities have a responsibility when it comes to the sustainability of their local electricity purchases. SOMO was commissioned by Greenpeace to look into not only how much power Dutch municipalities actually use, but also which companies the 390 municipalities purchased their electricity from and how they have made their energy more sustainable. However, contrary to the Climate Accord for Municipalities and the Nation 2007-2011, it turns out that many Dutch municipalities either don’t buy their energy from green energy providers or buy certificates to ‘green’ their energy that do not stimulate the production of renewable energy.

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