OPEN DATA : the extractive industries case-study

Le 8 December 2016

A spate of scandals hit the headlines in 2016, revealing the way in which some major companies have been involved in corruption, money laundering or tax evasion. The lack of corporate transparency that enables these practices needs to be tackled urgently. The huge amount lost by developing countries – essential to their development – could be used to fund basic services […]

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Multinational Corporations’ Duty of Care: One Step Closer to the Final Adoption of the Bill

Le 6 December 2016

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Wednesday, 30th November 2016 – Yesterday, the Members of the French National Assembly passed the Bill on the duty of care of parent companies and commissioning companies on third reading. Although stakeholders were hoping for a more ambitious statute, this Bill – which has gone through an eventful legislative process for the last three years – […]

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French company Lafarge sued for Financing ISIS and Complicity in War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity in Syria

Le 15 November 2016

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Paris, 15th November 2016 Sherpa and the ECCHR (European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights), as well as 11 complainants who are former Syrian employees, represented by maître Marie Dosé and maître Jean-Christophe Ménard, are filing suit against cement-manufacturer Lafarge and its subsidiary Lafarge Cement Syria (LCS) for its actions in Syria. By having business […]

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French company Lafarge sued for Financing ISIS and Complicity in War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity in Syria

Le 15 November 2016

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Sherpa and the ECCHR (European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights), as well as 11 complainants who are former Syrian employees, represented by maître Marie Dosé and maître Jean-Christophe Ménard, are filing suit against cement-manufacturer Lafarge and its subsidiary Lafarge Cement Syria (LCS) for its actions in Syria. By having business relations with the terrorist […]

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Dying for Fashion

Le 14 October 2016

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Ill- gotten gains : Teodoro Obiang has been referred to court

Le 7 September 2016

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Paris, 7th September 2016. The order to refer the son of the Equatorial Guinea President’s Teodoro NGUEMA OBIANG MANGUE to the criminal court has been given Monday 5th September. This decision is following 23rd May prosecutor’s indictment of the Attorney General. A date should be fixed soon for his trial. For the first time, a high […]

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Modern slavery

Le 26 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 […]

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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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