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Switzerland is exporting banned pesticides to developing countries

Switzerland is exporting banned pesticides to developing countries
 — Lausanne/Zurich

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 parliamentary intervention to this effect has just been made. …»

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Swiss export products banned as toxic at home

Swiss export products banned as toxic at home

 — Switzerland exports two powerful herbicides, atrazine and paraquat, to developing countries. However, these products, manufactured by Basel giant Syngenta, are prohibited in the Swiss territory. It's a situation denounced by Public Eye. The explanations of Laurent Gaberell, responsible for the file with Public Eye. …»

“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 while also respecting human rights. It also highlights the deplorable working conditions in which our shoes are made and describes the sad reality of the factories. Be it in China, Albania or other …»

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 kill the price reduction imposed by the authorities over its cancer blockbuster Glivec. Both of these moves are confirmed by confidential documents obtained by Public Eye. …»

“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 …»

Transparency in the commodities sector: Switzerland continues to shirk its responsibilities

Transparency in the commodities sector: Switzerland continues to shirk its responsibilities

 — The Swiss Federal Council does not want to make the commodities trade more transparent and exempts it from new provisions on payments to governments adopted today as part of the revision of Swiss …»

Stevia: Coca-Cola needs to negotiate a benefit-sharing agreement with the Guarani

Stevia: Coca-Cola needs to negotiate a benefit-sharing agreement with the Guarani

 — The Guarani that discovered stevia's sweetening properties do not receive any share of the benefits arising from of its commercial use, in clear breach of the Convention on Biological Diversity and …»

„Dirty Diesel“ – Trafigura Ignores 20‘000 Voices of Protest, but Ghana Toughens Sulfur Standards

„Dirty Diesel“ – Trafigura Ignores 20‘000 Voices of Protest, but Ghana Toughens Sulfur Standards

 — Flanked by a container full of dirty air from Ghana's capital Accra, Public Eye in Geneva today handed Trafigura a petition signed by almost 20'000 people asking the commodities giant to stop selling …»

Container with dirty air has arrived in Antwerp

Container with dirty air has arrived in Antwerp

 — The container filled with dirty air that Public Eye is returning to the sender Trafigura has arrived in Antwerp. The “Return to Sender” campaign has drawn attention to the illegitimate business …»