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Brazil bans paraquat – Switzerland supports Syngenta’s behind-the-scenes lobbying

Brazil bans paraquat – Switzerland supports Syngenta’s behind-the-scenes lobbying

Brazil has joined the list of States that have banned the use of the pesticide called paraquat, on the grounds of its high level of toxicity. Syngenta is the main producer of paraquat. The company is actively lobbying to convince the Brazilian   …»

Report finds ‘Made in Europe’ label tied to garment and shoe production in European sweatshops

Report finds ‘Made in Europe’ label tied to garment and shoe production in European sweatshops

A new report published today by the Clean Clothes Campaign, Europe's Sweatshops, documents endemic poverty wages and other stark working conditions in the garment and shoe industry throughout Eastern and South-Eastern Europe. Despite working   …»

Glencore and Appleby: plundering in Africa, apathy in Switzerland

Glencore and Appleby: plundering in Africa, apathy in Switzerland

The Paradise Papers, the latest leak from the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), confirms what Public Eye has been saying for years: Commodity trading is Switzerland’s most dangerous business. The serious allegations   …»

Swiss repatriation of Mubarak funds stuck in dead end

Swiss repatriation of Mubarak funds stuck in dead end

Following the Arab Spring, the Swiss authorities blocked 700 million francs held by Mubarak’s clan. Despite the opening of criminal investigations in Switzerland and Egypt, it appears that the confiscation of this money is increasingly unlikely. One   …»

Gunvor in Congo: new disclosures undermine the trader’s case

Gunvor in Congo: new disclosures undermine the trader’s case

Public Eye has seen a new legal document showing that up to six employees from oil trader Gunvor had authorised the payment of suspicious commissions to “facilitate” profitable oil contracts in the Republic of Congo. This information seriously   …»

Oil and embezzlement: Public Eye reveals Gunvor's secrets in Congo

Oil and embezzlement: Public Eye reveals Gunvor's secrets in Congo

A new report, the result of a two-year investigation, reveals the dubious practices of the world’s fourth largest private oil trading company. To get hold of Congolese black gold, Gunvor went as far as entering into dealings with dodgy partners and   …»

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   …»

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.   …»

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   …»

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   …»

“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   …»

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   …»

United Nations to assess Bayer and Syngenta’s adherence to international standard on pesticides management

United Nations to assess Bayer and Syngenta’s adherence to international standard on pesticides management

The European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR) and Public Eye request strong recommendations to avoid health and environmental consequences caused by Bayer and Syngenta pesticides in Punjab.   …»

“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 instrument created by the STSA trading association,   …»

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