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Sixty times less sulfur: Accra and Lagos breathe a sigh of relief

Sixty times less sulfur: Accra and Lagos breathe a sigh of relief

Ghana and Nigeria have legislated for significantly lower limits on the sulphur content in imported fuels, effective 1st July, just 10 months after the publication of "Dirty Diesel”. The report from Public Eye exposed the illegitimate business model with “African Quality” fuels and the role of the Swiss commodity traders. With the support of a global media echo, Public Eye’s African partners have used the public’s outrage to bring about real political change. …»

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Syngenta is now in Chinese hands, but will the company finally stop producing Paraquat?

Syngenta is now in Chinese hands, but will the company finally stop producing Paraquat?

 — The Annual General Meeting of Syngenta approved the buy out of the company by ChemChina. In spite of a slight drop in sales, Syngenta remains the global leader in the pesticide market. Public Eye called upon the new owners of the Basel-based multinational corporation to assume their responsibility and stop producing Paraquat and other highly hazardous pesticides. …»

Patents on Seeds: Europe misses the boat

Patents on Seeds: Europe misses the boat

 — Yesterday in The Hague, the 38 Member States of the European Patent Convention (EPC), including Switzerland, adopted stricter rules on granting of patents on plants and animals. The scope of the decision is however limited by many flaws. …»

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 …»

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. …»

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 …»

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 …»

“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 …»