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Duty of Care of Corporations: Despite pressure from the AFEP, the bill is moving forward

Le 24 March 2016

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Paris, 24 March 2016 On Wednesday, 23 March, the French National Assembly passed the bill on the duty of care of parent companies and commissioning companies on its second reading.   Although they regret the fact that the bill couldn’t be improved, our organizations nevertheless welcome its adoption. They call upon the government to do […]

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EITI Governance Failures Threaten Independent Civil Society

Le 4 March 2016

Paris, february 25th Yesterday in Lima, on the eve of the 2016 Global EITI conferen representatives took a principled stance to boycott the members’ meeting, the highest governing body of the EITI.ce, more than 100 civil society The impetus for the boycott was the improper and illegitimate interference in civil society’s right to self-selection of their […]

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Jail term for villagers opposing Bolloré/Socfin’s palm oil plantations in Sierra Leone as trial of French journalists starts in Paris

Le 10 February 2016

Press release, February 10th 2016 A day before the start of yet another trial brought on the Bolloré Group against French journalists, organisations denounce the imprisonment of six local community leaders affected by the investments of Socfin Agricultural Company Sierra Leone Ltd (SAC)[1], a subsidiary of Socfin, linked to Bolloré.   A year ago, Shiaka […]

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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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No immunity for Teodoro Obiang: a trial is imminent

Le 15 December 2015

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Paris, 15 December 2015 The judgment delivered today by the Court of Cassation constitutes a doubly important and historic stage. Firstly, by dismissing this appeal, the Court of Cassation paves the way for the trial of Teodoro Obiang who, to his heart’s content, has, in vain for years, multiplied all possible appeals to either cancel […]

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NGOs Urge RCMP to Investigate Kinross Over Reports of Corruption in Africa

Le 10 December 2015

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  Ottawa/Paris, December 10, 2015. MiningWatch Canada and the French anti-corruption association Sherpa announced today that they have filed a report with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) calling for an investigation into Canadian mining company Kinross Gold Corporation for apparent breaches of Canada’s anti-corruption laws at the company’s Tasiast mine in Mauritania and its […]

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Sherpa is joining the suit brought against AREVA for corruption of foreign public officials as a civil party

Le 9 December 2015

Paris, 8 December 2015 In 2007, AREVA bought URAMIN, a company which owns operating licenses in South Africa, Namibia and the Central African Republic. The acquisition was made for 1,8 billion Euros, while the company was valued at a maximum of 600 to 800 Euros. This takeover subsequently proved catastrophic for AREVA, notably because the […]

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Let Us Put an End to Human Rights Violations: Effective Corporate Accountability Now !

Le 17 November 2015

Paris, 17 November 2015, Sherpa has been a pioneer in the campaign for the accountability of multinational corporations since 2001. Corporations are still committing too many human rights violations. It is urgent that French institutions hold major corporations responsible for the damages caused by their subsidiaries and subcontractors abroad. The French Senate will hold a […]

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“Blood Minerals”: a large majority of French people in favor of binding legislation

Le 25 October 2015

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October 25, 2015 – On October 27, representatives from European Union governments will debate a draft regulation on the traceability of minerals from conflict areas known as “blood minerals”.  While, on this occasion, France shall present its position on this European draft for the first time, a CSA poll that appeared this October 25 shows that […]

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Duty of care of multinationals: Attempt by the Senate rapporteur to obstruct democratic debate and bury the law.

Le 13 October 2015

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  Paris, 13th October 2015 – In view of tomorrow Wednesday 14th October’s review of the proposed law pertaining to multinationals’ duty of care by the Senate’s Commission on Legislation, the rapporteur Christophe-André Frassa (Republicans) has filed a “dilatory motion”. Should it be passed, this motion could defer any debate on this law until a European directive […]

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Open letter to Mr. Eydoux, President of the National Bar Council on a resolution of 29 and 30 May on the diligence of multinationals.

Le 21 July 2015

    21 July 2015, Dear Sir, It is with astonishment and perplexity that we read the resolution of the National Bar Council on the proposed law on the duty of care of parent companies and main contractors adopted unanimously by the General Assembly of the NBC on 29 and 30 May 2015. This resolution […]

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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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Le 21 May 2015

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Open letter to members of the European Parliament regarding European regulation of conflict minerals

Le 18 May 2015

SRSG visits coltan mine in Rubaya
18 May 2015 The European Union (EU) encompasses some 500 million consumers and represents both the largest economy and the largest economic community in the world. Each year, minerals worth millions of euros enter EU territory from some of the poorest regions in the world. No one asks any questions whatsoever about the mining methods […]

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

Le 27 April 2015

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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