Opening of the Defamation Suit Brought by Vinci against Sherpa in the Case of the Qatar Construction Sites

Le 22 June 2016

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Paris, June 22nd 2016 On Thursday June 23rd, the suit brought by VINCI Construction Grands Projets and its Qatari subsidiary QDVC against Sherpa will be heard by the 17th Chamber of the Paris Civil Court, starting at 1:30 pm.   Press Contact: Lisa Rieux, Communication officer : +33 (0)1 42 21 33 25 / +33 […]

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Business and human rights: the world is still waiting for action

Le 16 June 2016

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Business and human rights: the world is still waiting for action The international community adopted the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs) in June 2011, pledging to address adverse impacts of business activities. Five years later, the progress made is minimal.   Nike’s use of child labourers was a big issue in […]

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Vote at the French National Assembly of the Sapin II bill : a mixed statement

Le 9 June 2016

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Paris, 9 June 2016   After the ‘Sapin II’ Bill was examined by the French National Assembly from 6 to 9 June, some progress was made towards ensuring better protection for whistleblowers, fighting corruption and regulating lobbies. However, the text does contain a number of gaps which will need to be filled when the Bill […]

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Ill-Gotten Gains: The Public Prosecutor Requests the Opening of a Trial against Obiang

Le 26 May 2016

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  Paris, 26 May 2016   SHERPA and TRANSPARENCY INTERNATIONAL FRANCE are pleased that the Financial Public Prosecutor has at long last signed an indictment of Mister Teodoro NGUEMA OBIANG MANGUE, son of the President of Equatorial Guinea, for referral before the Paris Criminal Court.   Provided that the investigating magistrates soon make an order […]

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Sapin II: Progress on Whistleblowers, Status Quo on the Anti-Corruption Agency, Regression in the Fight against Corruption

Le 26 May 2016

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Paris, 26 May 2016   The Sapin II Bill was examined by the Law Committee on 25 May 2016. Certain measures were passed, some of which were based on Anticor and Sherpa’s recommendations, thus increasing the Bill’s reach. However, in order to meet the ambitious aim to suppress corruption, further provisions should be passed during […]

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NGOs welcome support of European Parliamentarians for duty of care legislation of EU corporations towards people affected by their activities

Le 18 May 2016

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Brussels – 18 May 2016 Today, eight national parliaments launched a “green card” initiative at European Union (EU) level to ensure corporate accountability for human rights abuses. Prompted by Member of the French Parliament Danielle Auroi, the initiative calls for a duty of care towards individuals and communities from EU-based companies whose human rights and local […]

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Parliamentarians from all the EU commit to strengthen the social responsibility of multinational companies

Le 18 May 2016

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National Assembly, 18 May 2016 Parliamentarians representing […] EU national parliaments [as well as MEPs] met on 18 May 2016 at the National Assembly to debate, in particular, corporate social responsibility (CSR). With the globalisation of supply chains, the activities of European companies now take place in third countries where, given the norms that are […]

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NGOs file a complaint against Vinci Russia for corruption of foreign public officials in Khimki Forest motorway case

Le 10 May 2016

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Paris, Prague 10 May 2016 A complaint filed last week is requesting an investigation into alleged corruption involving French company Vinci in the construction of a controversial motorway through Khimki Forest near Moscow. The complaint was filed to Nanterre’s chief investigating judge by civil society groups Sherpa and CEE Bankwatch Network, activists Evgenia Tchirikova and […]

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#StopTradeSecrets : Before the EU Directive has even passed, some Senators try to introduce trade secret protection in the ‘Digital’ Bill

Le 26 April 2016

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Paris, 26 April 2016 On Wednesday 26 April, the Senate’s Committee on Social Affairs passed an amendment introducing the notion of trade secret in the Bill on the Digital Republic. This Bill, which is above all supposed to guarantee citizens’ access to public data, thus creates a discretionary right to secrecy.   Indeed, access to […]

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Civil society calls on G7 countries to renew commitment to business and human rights at Ise-Shima Summit

Le 22 April 2016

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April 15, 2016 To the countries of the Group of Seven (G7): We, the undersigned representatives of civil society, are concerned that the forthcoming G7 Summit at Ise-Shima, Japan, will fail to adequately address the grave human rights violations and environmental destruction that continue throughout global supply chains. Effective measures are needed urgently to ensure […]

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Opening of the Luxleaks Trial: Whistleblowers are Bearing the Cost of Secrecy

Le 22 April 2016

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Press Release – 22 April 2016    The trial of Antoine Deltour and the other two defendants in the Luxleaks case (1), including journalist Edouard Perrin (2), which starts in Luxembourg on Tuesday, 22 April, reminds us of two emergencies: the need for transparency in order to fight against the tax evasion practices of multinational […]

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Trade Secrets: The Opposition Asks National Governments to Reject the Draft Directive

Le 21 April 2016

Brussels, Paris – 20 April 2016   The first reading of the Draft Directive on the protection of trade secrets, adopted last Thursday by the European Parliament, before the European Union Council (where representatives of Member States governments sit) is expected to take place on 17 May. The Council’s approval is necessary for the Directive’s […]

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Europe’s Answer to the Panama Papers? A New Right to Secrecy for Multinational Corporations

Le 14 April 2016

Today, 14 April, the European Parliament adopted (1) the Trade Secrets Directive. This Directive, which is supposed to protect companies against industrial espionage, was drafted with a complete lack of transparency by the European Commission, upon the request of a few French and American multinational corporations, and with considerable help from them (2). It introduces […]

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Public Country-by-Country Reporting: The European Commission’s Mixed Proposal

Le 13 April 2016

One week after the first ‘Panama Papers’ revelations, the European Commission published a patchy proposal for public country-by-country reporting which will not enable us to meet the challenge of transparency, though it is crucial in the fight against tax evasion.   The European Commission’s Directive Proposal would apply to multinational corporations which operate within the […]

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MEPs, On 14 April, #SayNo, #StopTradeSecrets, Protect our Freedoms and Defend the General Interest!

Le 12 April 2016

Will MEPs reject the Directive on the « protection » of trade secrets on Thursday?   Today, Tuesday 12 April, thanks to a coalition (1) of over 50 NGOs and European trade unions united against the Trade Secrets Directive, an online platform was made available to all European citizens so that they can call their MEPs and […]

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