Labor rights and Modern slavery

Samsung’s indictment: Fighting transnational corporation’s human right’s violations through consumer law

Le 4 November 2019

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Clara Gonzalez and Marie-Laure Guislain, litigation officers at Sherpa published a blog post ” Samsung’s indictment in France : Fighting transnational corporation’s human right’s violations trhough consumer law” on August 30, 2019 on the Freedom Fund blog. “One of the most ethical companies in the world” versus the dramatic reality in the factories With consumers increasingly […]

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Sherpa and UNI Global Union send formal notice to Teleperformance—calling on the world leader in call centers to strengthen workers’ rights

Le 24 July 2019

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  Paris, July 18, 2019 – French NGO Sherpa and the 20 million-member UNI Global Union formally put Paris-based outsourcing giant Teleperformance on notice today that it must comply with its duty of vigilance regarding human rights. Both organisations filed the warning because they do not believe Teleperformance’s vigilance plan meets the minimum requirements of the French Law on the Duty of […]

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Violations of workers’ rights: landmark indictment of SAMSUNG France for misleading advertising

Le 3 July 2019

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Violations of workers’ rights: landmark indictment of SAMSUNG France for misleading advertising Paris, July 3rd, 2019 – After an epic judicial procedure initiated by Sherpa and ActionAid France more than 6 years ago, SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS France SAS has been indicted on misleading advertising on April 17, 2019 by an investigating judge at the Tribunal de […]

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Palm oil in Cameroon : the Bolloré group sued by NGOs in an unprecedented legal action

Le 27 May 2019

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Press release – May 27th 2019 BOLLORE GROUP SUED BY NGOs IN AN UNPRECEDENTED LEGAL ACTION Palm oil in Cameroon: French courts must order the group to respect its commitments for residents and workers of the Socapalm plantations While the palm oil plantations of Socfin, a company of the Bolloré group, brings 306 million euros […]

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2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar: new complaint against Vinci

Le 22 November 2018

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2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar: new complaint against Vinci Sherpa, the Comité contre l’Esclavage Moderne (CCEM) and six former Indian and Nepalese workers file today a new complaint against Vinci, Vinci Construction Grands Projets (VCGP), its Qatar subsidiary, Qatari Diar Vinci Construction (QDVC), and their executives and managers for forced labor and bonded labor, […]

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Opening of a judicial investigation in Paris in the SAMSUNG case

Le 14 November 2018

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Opening of a judicial investigation in Paris in the SAMSUNG case SAMSUNG takes responsibility and agrees to compensate workers of its South Korean factories who have serious work-related illnesses Paris, November 14, 2018 – As a judicial investigation was launched in France, Samsung has recognized exposing its workers to toxic chemicals without adequately protecting and […]

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SAMSUNG: Sherpa and ActionAid France file a second lawsuit following the closing of the case by the public prosecutor

Le 25 June 2018

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SAMSUNG: Sherpa and ActionAid France file a second lawsuit following the closing of the case by the public prosecutor  June 25, 2018 – Sherpa and ActionAid France – Peuples solidaires file this “civil party” lawsuit[1] for misleading advertising seeking the instruction of an investigating judge. The gap between Samsung’s ethical commitments and the violations of workers’ fundamental rights alleged to […]

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VINCI: Sherpa will file a complaint with a claim for criminal indemnification following the closing of the case by the public prosecutor

Le 6 February 2018

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February 6 2018 PRESS RELEASE VINCI: SHERPA WILL FILE A COMPLAINT WITH A CLAIM FOR CRIMINAL INDEMNIFICATION[1] FOLLOWING THE CLOSING OF THE CASE BY THE PUBLIC PROSECUTOR[2] On March 23, 2015, Sherpa filed a complaint for forced labor and servitude on construction sites in Qatar, notably for the World Cup, against Vinci Construction Grands Projets […]

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Samsung target of a lawsuit that would expose human rights violations

Le 11 January 2018

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Sherpa and ActionAid France – Peuples solidaires new lawsuit would reveal violations of workers’ fundamental rights in the smartphone leader’s factories, while consumers have just bought SAMSUNG products for Christmas Sherpa and ActionAid France – Peuples solidaires have been investigating on these alleged violations since 2012. Today, we are filing a lawsuit for misleading advertising […]

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FIFA World cup 2022 : modern slavery in Qatar

Le 23 June 2016

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Country: Qatar Company targeted: Vinci An overview of the facts and proceedings…  In recent years, Qatar has undertaken a vast program of modernization of its infrastructures and it is expected that the pace will accelerate and expenditure will multiply as we approach the soccer World Cup. It is in this context that the Vinci company has been attributed major projects amounting to billions […]

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Samsung, the world’s biggest smartphone manufacturer, is being prosecuted for deceptive commercial practices

Le 17 December 2015

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Paris, 17 December 2015 Sherpa has been investigating alleged human rights violations in Samsung factories since 2013. After an initial complaint was dismissed in 2014, our organization and Indecosa-CGT are now summoning electronics giant SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS FRANCE (SEF) and SAMSUNG WORLD to appear before the Bobigny court in proceedings concerning its deceptive commercial practices. The weight of the evidence […]

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Rana Plaza, already 2 years – Complaint against Auchan for misleading commercial practices: the associations take civil action

Le 8 June 2015

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Meeting on Wednesday 10 June 2015 in front of the Lille High Court at 11am to formally file the complaint     Press release – 8 June 2015   Our organisations filed a complaint against the distributor for misleading commercial practices, Auchan’s  communication on its ethical commitments being of a nature to mislead the consumer, positioning […]

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Vinci in Qatar: Nanterre’s public prosecutor launches a preliminary investigation

Le 27 April 2015

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Paris, April 27, 2015—On March 23, 2015, Sherpa filed a complaint for forced labor and servitude against Vinci Construction Grands Projets and the French directors of its subsidiary, Qatarie QDVC, based on information gathered in Qatar. The launch of the preliminary investigation by the Nanterre public prosecutor was announced on Saturday by the press. We welcome […]

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Legal action against Vinci in Qatar: Vinci institutes defamation proceedings, claiming exorbitant damages from Sherpa Organisation and its employees

Le 16 April 2015

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Paris, Thursday, 16 April 2015 – in response to the proceedings we instituted against Vinci Construction Grands Projects and its Qatari subsidiary on 23rd March for forced labour and bonded labour, Vinci is bringing an action for defamation against the Sherpa Organisation, and also personally against certain Sherpa employees. By involving us in these costly […]

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Complaint against Vinci Construction, Vinci denies the charges but the evidence is there

Le 2 April 2015

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Paris, April 2, 2015—On March 23rd, Sherpa filed a complaint against Vinci Construction for forced labor, servitude and concealment with regards to its sites in Qatar that include building projects for the World Cup 2022. Vinci denied our claims and alleges that it provides its migrant workers decent working conditions without specifying any of them… […]

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