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Exclusive study dedicated to corruption risks in commodity trading

Exclusive study dedicated to corruption risks in commodity trading

Despite high corruption risks, sales of State-owned resources have until recently received little attention in the academic literature or in political debates around the resource curse. A Public Eye exclusive study released today by the Norwegian anti-corruption center U4 offers for the first time a typology of corruption risks associated with commodity trading and existing measures to tackle them. …»

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The role of banks in the Dirty Diesel scandal

The role of banks in the Dirty Diesel scandal

 — A new publication by the NGO BankTrack sheds a crude light on the role of banks in funding trading of toxic fuel. Although the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights require banks to carry out reasonable due diligence in the framework of their activities and use their influence to prevent human rights’ violations, they would appear to take this responsibility rather too lightly. …»

Stevia: 260,000 signatures demanding from Coca-Cola to stop its bio-piracy

Stevia: 260,000 signatures demanding from Coca-Cola to stop its bio-piracy

 — Over 260,000 people have signed a petition asking Coca-Cola to negotiate a fair benefit-sharing agreement with the Guarani people on their profits from the commercial use of stevia-derived products. Stevia is a plant with sweetening properties which were discovered by the Guaranis many centuries ago. The petition, launched in November 2016, will be handed over to Coca-Cola today. Coca-Cola has …»

Switzerland is exporting banned pesticides to developing countries

Switzerland is exporting banned pesticides to developing countries

 — According to confidential information obtained by Public Eye, Switzerland is exporting atrazine and paraquat to developing countries. The use of these herbicides, made by the Swiss-based Syngenta, has been banned in Switzerland due to their extreme toxicity. Public Eye demands that the Swiss authorities end this double standard and respect their commitments made under the Basel Convention. A …»

“The Shoe Creator”: how can we make ethical shoes?

“The Shoe Creator”: how can we make ethical shoes?

 — It is a serious challenge to succeed in buying perfectly ethical shoes. This is why Public Eye is launching the Shoe Creator, an on-line tool that will allow you to design the shoes of your dreams …»

Compulsory licensing in Colombia: Aggressive lobbying by Novartis

Compulsory licensing in Colombia: Aggressive lobbying by Novartis

 — Novartis has threatened Colombia with international investment arbitration to avoid the issuance of a compulsory license. The Swiss pharma giant is also turning to Colombian courts in an attempt to …»

“Alternative facts” by the Swiss association of commodity traders

“Alternative facts” by the Swiss association of commodity traders

 — A recent report entitled Commodity Trading Monitoring Report claims to be the “first scientific study” of the very secretive commodities market in Switzerland. But it is in fact merely a lobbying …»

Breakthrough on „Dirty Diesel“: West African countries to reduce sulphur standards by the factor 60 to 200

Breakthrough on „Dirty Diesel“: West African countries to reduce sulphur standards by the factor 60 to 200

 — Yesterday‘s meeting convened by the UN Environmental Programme (UNEP) in Abuja, Nigeria, saw major steps towards the improvement of fuel quality in West Africa. Following Ghana’s announcement in …»

Swiss Commodity Traders Flood Africa with Toxic Fuel

Swiss Commodity Traders Flood Africa with Toxic Fuel

 — "Dirty Diesel", a report published by Public Eye today, reveals how Swiss commodity trading firms exploit lax regulatory standards to sell African customers fuel with high sulfur content. Produced by …»

New investigation: Industry-sponsored clinical drug trials in Egypt

 — After our 2013 investigations in Russia, Ukraine, India and Argentina, Public Eye (formerly the Berne Declaration) investigated in 2016 into the clinical trial offshoring in Egypt. Our research work …»