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COMILOG: 20 years for victims’ voices to be heard and it’s still a matter of uncertainty

Le 30 January 2015

Train COMILOG - © Georges Dougueli
Paris, Friday, January 30—SHERPA welcomes the decision taken by the Cour de Cassation (French Supreme Court) this Wednesday which, by rejecting the appeal submitted by the COMILOG and COMILOG INTERNATIONAL companies, paves the way for full and fair compensation for 900 former Congolese rail workers represented in these proceedings by Eric Moulet, a lawyer for […]

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A large majority of French people support the end of impunity for multinational corporations What will the deputies do during the plenary review of the law on the duty of care?

Le 29 January 2015

Paris, 29 January – According to a CSA poll commissioned by the Forum Citoyen pour la RSE (Citizen Forum for CSR) (1), French people in the survey overwhelmingly consider that multinational corporations must be more vigilant and legally liable for human and environmental disasters caused by their subsidiaries and subcontractors. Just a few days before […]

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CSO Comments on EIB transparency policy

Le 27 January 2015

    Brussels, 26-01-2015 To: Directors of the European Investment Bank Ref:  Draft EIB transparency policy Dear Madam, Sir: We are writing to you as a group of international civil society organisations to convey our ongoing concerns in relation to the 9 January 2015 draft EIB Group Transparency Policy. We would also like to put […]

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Transparency in the extractive industries: what will change on 1 January 2015 with the new law

Le 9 January 2015

Paris, 19 December 2014 – The law which introduces the obligation for the petroleum, gas, mining and forestry industries to publish all payments made to governments, project by project in each country where they carry out exploitation or exploration activities, was passed by Parliament on 17 December. This law transposes into the French legal system the […]

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Launch of support website for Antoine Deltour, tax avoidance whistleblower.

Le 8 January 2015

Plateforme PFJ
Paris, 18 December 2014 – As Antoine Deltour, whistleblower behind the “Luxleaks” scandal concerning the tax avoidance of hundreds of multinationals, is being prosecuted by the Luxemburg judiciary for “violation of business secrets”, the Tax and Judicial Havens Platform calls upon citizens to show their support on a new website created to that purpose, and […]

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Procedures & milestones : EIB-Uganda

Le 15 December 2014

March 2007: Agreement by the World Bank to finance the Bujagali hydroelectric dam project in Uganda. The first complaint to the World Bank Inspection Panel is filed by local civil society. May 2007: Request by various NGOs that the EIB postpone the vote on financing the project until publication of the Inspection Panel’s investigation report. July […]

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Procedure & Milestones : Ill-Gotten Gains, Gabon

Le 20 November 2014

May 2007 and July 2008: The associations Sherpa, Survie, and the Federation of Congolese of the Diaspora file a complaint before the Office of the Public Prosecutor of Paris.  They denounce the actions of five foreign heads of state, including Omar Bongo, holding them liable for misappropriation of public funds, the products of which would have […]

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Procedures & Milestones : COMILOG Faces a Group of Former Employees

Le 20 November 2014

November 9, 2007:  867 former employees of COMILOG (beneficiaries), represented by maître Eric Moutet, the lawyer responsible for the case and Sherpa’s representative, subpoena COMILOG, COMILOG FRANCE, COMILOG INTERNATIONAL, and COMILOG HOLDING to appear before the Labor Relations Court of Paris for wrongful termination of work contracts; October 8, 2008:  First hearing before the Conciliation Board […]

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Is France doing its best to fight foreign bribery?

Le 28 October 2014

Paris, 28 October 2014 – Two years after the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) recommendations about the corruption of foreign public officials, Sherpa and Anticor, as well as the OECD Working Group, are questioning the means implemented by the courts to fight this scourge. Although 24 new corruption cases of foreign public officials […]

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Christophe de Margerie, TOTAL’s CEO dies

Le 24 October 2014

Paris, 24 October 2014 – Since the death of Christophe de Margerie on 20 October, a torrent of tributes to his life have been made by the media. However, Sherpa would like to remind that the Total’s deceased CEO has not brought the Group out of its long tradition of corruption, tax evasion and human […]

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Perenco nominated for the Pinocchio Awards: When local populations pay the price for low cost oil

Le 21 October 2014

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Paris, 21 October 2014 – In view of its nomination for a Pinocchio Award in the “Dirty hands, full wallets” category (1), Perenco cannot continue to turn a deaf ear to requests made by civil society organisations. These organisations have been protesting for several years alongside the local population in Muanda (DRC) that has been […]

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Extractive industries: a missed opportunity for transparency, a victory for pressure groups

Le 18 September 2014

Paris, 18 September 2014, Oxfam France / CCFD-Terre solidaire / ONE France / Secours Catholique – Caritas France / Sherpa This afternoon, the French National Assembly passed a bill compelling oil, gas, mining and forest companies to publish all payments they make to governments, country by country and project by project. Despite the efforts of […]

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30 civil society organisations call on members of the French National Assembly to guarantee transparency in extractive and forest industries

Le 15 September 2014

Paris, 15 September 2014 –The Umbrella group Publish What You Pay (PWYP) and the “Plateforme des Paradis fiscaux et judiciaries” (Tax and Legal Havens platform) call on members of the French National Assembly to improve the bill on transparency in extractive and forest industries. On Wednesday 17 September, the French National Assembly will initiate a […]

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Extractive industries: How far will France dare to go to ensure transparency?

Le 8 September 2014

Paris, 8 September 2014 – On the occasion of the transposition of the directives adopted by the European Union in June 2013, the Publish What You Pay Coalition (PWYP) and the Tax and Legal Havens Platform (PPFJ) are calling on Members of the French Parliament to see through endeavours to ensure transparency.  On 10 September, […]

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Auchan/Rana Plaza: An important yet insufficient first step

Le 22 August 2014

Z1 Un sauveteur devant les ruines du Rana Plaza, Dacca, Bangladesh - c A.M.Ahad-AP-SIPA
AUCHAN’S STATEMENT ABOUT ITS DONATION TO THE RANA PLAZA DONOR TRUST FUND: AN IMPORTANT YET INSUFFICIENT FIRST STEP   Paris, 22 August 2014 – On 20 August, AUCHAN stated to the personnel representatives within the group’s Committee that it would donate 1.5 million dollars to the compensation fund for the Rana Plaza victims. French NGOs […]

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