27 November 2012

The European Commission last Friday approved a certification scheme which would brand biofuels produced from palm oil as 'sustainable', despite evidence that their production contributes to deforestation, peatland degradation, disputes over land rights, and climate change.Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth Europe argue that legitimising the use of palm oil biofuels by approving the scheme by the Round Table for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) is inconsistent with the Commission's own analysis pub

26 November 2012

Tin used in some of the best-selling brands of smartphones is almost certainly linked to the devastation of forests, farmland, coral reefs and communities in Indonesia, according to a new report 'Mining for Smartphones: the True Cost of Tin' from Friends of the Earth.

The investigation links destructive mining techniques in Bangka, Indonesia, to products in Europe, and is released as the European Commission prepares to publish new draft legislation that will force companies to report on their non-financial impacts.

13 November 2012

Pinocchio Prizes, dubious honours for unscrupulous corporations, were awarded today in Paris by Les Amis de la Terre (Friends of the Earth France) in conjunction with The Research and Information Centre for Development (CRID) and Peuples Solidaires. Over 17,000 people voted for nominees in three categories.

13 November 2012

The European Union must not pass up on the historic chance to enshrine transparency rules for oil, gas, mining and logging companies in European law, warned Friends of the Earth Europe today, together with the Publish What You Pay coalition.

12 November 2012

Friday 16 November 2012, Residence Palace, Polak Room, Brussels: 9am – 1pm

The issue of transparency is again high-up on the EU agenda: following the scandal about ex-health and consumer Commissioner Dalli in the last weeks, debates on how to improve the transparency of EU institutions and regain the trust of European citizens have started again.

2 November 2012

Voting is open for the fifth edition of the Pinocchio Prize, from Friends of the Earth France. The awards continue to illustrate and denounce the negative impacts and activities of French companies in France, and abroad – companies that behave in total contradiction to the concept of sustainable development, despite boasting about their 'green' credentials.

Each year, following a public vote, Pinocchio prizes are awarded to three deserving companies in three categories:

26 October 2012

MEPs voted today on the proposed financial reforms known as MiFID (the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive). The reforms adopted impose limits on the amount of shares a speculator can hold in the market, but serious loopholes mean food speculation can continue to drive up food prices and price volatility, according to Friends of the Earth Europe.

11 October 2012

THE HAGUE, THE NETHERLANDS, OCTOBER 11, 2012 - For the first time in history, a Dutch court verdict is expected about the case of a European company, Anglo-Dutch oil giant Shell, which appeared in court today to account for damage it caused abroad. [1]

Lawyers for both parties pleaded at a key hearing in The Hague today and the court announced that the verdict is expected on 30 January 2013.

1 October 2012

A new briefing published today aims to highlight the substantial gains companies can make by improving their use of resources.

26 September 2012

Campaigners used hundreds of pots and pans to spell out 'Stop food speculation' in giant letters outside the European Parliament today ahead of a key vote by MEPs on proposals to prevent banks and financial investors driving up food prices through financial speculation.

The 925 pots and pans used represented the 925 million people facing hunger worldwide.


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