15 October 2018

The European Union and its Member States are important actors when it comes to shaping globalisation.

5 June 2018

The next InterGovernmental Working Group (IGWG) on the UN Treaty for business in relation to human rights will take place in October 2018. As a preparation, there are currently four informal consultations organised by Ecuador in its capacity of Chair-Rapporteur. These consultations, together with other relevant documents and reports of meetings and sessions will be the basis of a zero draft for the UN treaty.

7 December 2016

A number of existing and emerging EU policies and initiatives to green plastics, packaging, fuels and more through plant-based sources are at risk of backfiring with big social and environmental impacts.

Substituting fossil-based products for plant-based ones is the core idea of the 'bioeconomy', which is promoted by the EU, governments and industry, with the promised benefit of reduced reliance on fossil fuels. However, this can come at a high environmental and social price. Friends of the Earth Europe outline their policy positions on the bioeconomy in this briefing.

21 October 2016

Contribution to the UN on transnational corporations with respect to human rights, for their second session, 24–28 October 2016, on three core elements of a future treaty.

30 May 2016

This report aims to provide a resource for civil society groups, states and all those engaged in the UN treaty process in the run up to the second intergovernmental working group (IGWG) session, which is due to take place from 24 to 28 October 2016. It discusses options for the following aspects of the treaty: access to remedy; enforcement mechanisms; and its relationship with the trade and investment regime.

21 April 2016

This briefing outlines the reasons that a delegation of Indigenous Lenca activists from Honduras are visiting five European countries (Belgium, the Netherlands, Finland, Germany and Spain) from April 19 - May 6, 2016 to meet with meet, policy makers and NGOs and financiers, join national protests, and talk to media and the general public about the repression and impunity in their country.

1 February 2016

This briefing paper says that Europe needs to toughen-up its regulations for how investors deal with environmental and social risks. It is based on the joint submission by Global Witness and Friends of the Earth Europe, on 31st January 2016, in response to the European Commission's call for evidence on the EU regulatory framework for financial services

8 December 2015

A large number of forest fires have been discovered on Indonesian plantations owned by global palm oil companies Bumitama and Wilmar International. Despite new evidence that both companies violate their own ‘no deforestation’ policies, this report says major U.S. and European investors have not taken significant steps to address these problems.

27 November 2015

This report explains how the European Union is aggressively pursuing special rights for businesses whilst hampering efforts to hold corporations responsible for the human rights violations they commit.

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