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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

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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

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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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Two years after the Rana Plaza tragedy: we must wait no longer to definitively pass the bill on the duty of care

Le 23 April 2015

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23/04/2015 On the anniversary of the Rana Plaza catastrophe, civil society organisations request that the government announce the date of examination before the Senate of the bill on the duty of care, which passed a first reading on 30 March, 2015 at the French National Assembly.  Worried that progress of the text is being delayed, […]

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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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Azerbaijan: EITI Board should sanction government for civil society crackdown

Le 14 April 2015

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  280 groups from 35 countries urge the EITI Board to protect free and independent civic participation in the initiative. In a letter submitted today to the international Board of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), more than 280 civil society groups from 35 countries urged the initiative’s leadership to take “the strongest action possible” […]

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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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A historic first step for multinationals’ duty of care!

Le 31 March 2015

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March 31, 2015 – Yesterday the French National Assembly passed a bill at first reading on the duty of care of parent companies and contracting businesses. Despite certain weaknesses in the bill, our organisations are pleased with the significant progress this vote represents for the protection of human rights. After years of rallying by French and international […]

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2022 World Cup in Qatar: Sherpa Files Complaint against Vinci Construction and the Management of its Qatar Branch QDVC

Le 24 March 2015

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Paris, 24th March 2015 – Sherpa files a complaint against Vinci Construction Grands Projects (VCGP) and the French managers of its Qatari branch (QDVC) over violations concerning forced labour, servitude and receiving stolen goods in connection with migrants employed on their building sites in Qatar. Investigations carried out on site conclude that these companies are […]

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European Commission “Tax transparency package”: when transparency continues to rhyme with confidentiality

Le 18 March 2015

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Wednesday, 18 March 2015 – Today, the European Commission published its new “Tax transparency package” in response to the Luxleaks scandal. If the proposed measures are in line with strengthening the fight against European tax evasion, the tax and judicial havens platform organizations report that confidentiality remains in place, which doesn’t meet the expectations of […]

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Second Bill on Multinationals’ Duty of Vigilance: Little Change in Committee Stage

Le 11 March 2015

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Paris 11th March 2015. Tabled on 11th February by the socialist group, the new draft law on the duty of vigilance has just been scrutinized by three parliamentary committees before its plenary debate on 30th March. The debates have helped to improve certain points such as business relationship, but the proposed amendments on reinforcing the […]

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Long awaited investigation into Glencore for alleged tax dodging, shows EU Bank’s lack of transparency and vulnerability to abuse

Le 5 February 2015

Brussels – 5 February 2015- The European Investment Bank (EIB) is virtually powerless in the face of abuse of its own funds, an internal investigation published last week by the EIB shows. What’s even worse is that the EIB’s new transparency policy – to be adopted in the coming weeks – would formally allow the bank […]

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