1 March 2010

This report reveals that the Malaysian showcase company IOI Group does not live up to its environmental promises in newly established plantations in the Ketapang district – the Indonesian part of Borneo. Glossy CSR policies, engagement in multi-stakeholder initiatives and the possession of certificates from the Round Table on Sustainable Palm Oil do not offer proof of IOI Group’s ‘green’ credentials. Instead, Europe’s increasing demand for palm oil in food and biofuels is leading to deforestation, breaches of environmental law and land conflicts in Asia.

1 March 2010

This report summarises some of the main problems witnessed with tar sands extraction in Canada and presents evidence about the impacts of tar sands extraction on local peoples’ health, land rights and livelihoods, as well as on the environment. It documents which UK banks are involved in providing financial backing for tar sands, how much money they are providing, and to which oil companies.

1 June 2009

A report on oil giant Shell and its colossal contribution to global climate change and dirty forms of energy. The research illuminates the corporate strategy and lobbying tactics of Chief Executive Jeron van der Veer.

1 May 2009

Comprising case studies from seven countries ranging from the Czech Republic to India and South Africa, the report reveals new problems emerging around ArcelorMittal's iron ore mining operations in Nimba County, Liberia, including unclear resettlement plans for local people, a lack of permanent employment from the mine, threats to the Mount Nimba Nature Reserve, and a questionable donation of 100 pick-up trucks.

1 December 2008

This report fouses on the expert groups known as high level groups which advise the European Commission on controverial issues like climate change, chemcials and food. It finds that groups are unbalanced and undemocratic, and geared towards improving the competitiveness of European business at the expense of h is other public interests.

1 October 2008

This report examines the case of the vast Malaysian State of Sarawak, which is developing large-scale plantations at breath-taking speed having overexploited its timber resources and depleted its forests.

Sarawak plans to more than double its 2007 levels of oil palm acreage by 2010, taking it to a total of 1.3 million hectares.

1 September 2008

'Bisphenol A in plastics: is it making us sick?' is a consumer guide to Bisphenol A (also known as BPA) in plastics. The use of plastics has become one of the defining characteristics of modern life. An increasing number of scientific studies have made a direct link between Bisphenol A and infertility, obesity, breast and prostate cancer, diabetes, thyroid malfunction and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

1 July 2008

A comprehensive review of the scientific knowledge available regarding controversial Bisphenol A. 'Blissfully unaware of Bisphenol A: Reasons why regulators should live up to their responsibilities' reveals that despite firm scientific consensus about the health hazards of the chemical, European authorities are shirking their responsibilities and attempting to postpone any decision on whether this substance should require authorisation until 2013.

1 April 2008

Released on the day Shell and BP announced combined quarterly profits of 14.4billion US dollars, 'Extracting the truth: Oil industry efforts to undermine the Fuel Quality Directive' uses industry's own data to show how oil companies are falsely claiming that the target proposed by the European Commission in revisions to the Fuel Quality Directive is unachievable.

1 January 2008

As in past editions of “Who Benefits from GM Crops?” we here provide a fact-based assessment of GM crops around the world, and address common misconceptions about their impacts. In this 2008 edition, we report on new trends and findings, particularly the rise in pesticide use with GM crops.