The Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations (SOMO) is an independent, not-for-profit research and network organisation
working on social, ecological and economic issues related to sustainable
development. Since 1973, the organisation investigates multinational
corporations and the consequences of their activities for people and the
environment around the world. More...
On the 1st of December, Accountability Council, SOMO and Inclusive Development will organize a side event of the Third Annual Forum on Business and Human Rights to discuss non-judicial grievance mechanisms at international financial institutions (IFIs). There will be a discussion with panellists representing an IFI, a grievance mechanism, and NGOs that have used these tools to support affected communities in their struggles for justice. The panellists will share their diverse perspectives on access to effective remedy at international financial institutions.
SOMO joined Publeaks at the end of November 2014. Publeaks is an online system that enables national and local media organisations to address social wrongs in a secure and anonymous environment. Relevant material is uploaded anonymously and forwarded in a technically irreducible manner to journalists and researchers. Media organisations that want to know more before they continue their research can contact the whistleblower anonymously and from there determine whether they want to pursue their research or their publications further. SOMO hopes that whistleblowers with important information will come forward via Publeaks in order to further enrich its research.
The trade mission to Colombia headed by Minister Plouman begins today. Many (energy) companies, a Parliamentary delegation and numerous civil society organisations (including SOMO) will be visiting the Cesar region, with its many coalmines. Colombia is a major coal supplier for Dutch and European markets.
A report titled 'Flawed Fabrics' was published recently. Jointly authored by the SOMO and the India Committee of the Netherlands (LIW), it describes how the South Indian girls and young women who make the yarn and fabrics for our clothes are being subjected to exploitation and forced labour. Following its publication, companies and politicians responded to its findings, which were also discussed in many news outlets —from international newspapers and magazines through blogs, to radio and television broadcasts.
The Dutch Department of Waterways and Public Works, Rijkswaterstaat, has thus far taken very few steps to avert social abuses on its construction sites. This is according to SOMO’s latest research report, which was commissioned by FNV Bouw, a Dutch trade union specialising in construction.