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A living wage is a human right. Yet the scandalous truth is that the majority of workers in the global fashion industry cannot afford to live with dignity, and earn no more than €6 a day in an industry worth over €34 billion across Europe. The Clean Clothes Campaign believes that no company can truly claim to be working ethically if the people who produce its clothes are paid less than a living wage.

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Stronger plant variety protection may threaten the right to food

Northern governments regularly put pressure on developing countries to so-called “strengthen” their plant variety protection (PVP) regimes and to adhere to the 1991 Act of the UPOV Convention, without duly considering the consequences on the enjoyment of human rights of vulnerable groups such as small-scale farmers and in particular women. New research shows, the expansion of intellectual property rights in the seed system might well restrict small-scale farmers’ access to seeds and put their right to food at risk. 

Syngenta’s “Good Growth Plan”: “Business as Usual” Packaged as “Sustainability”

 — One year ago, Syngenta launched The Good Growth Plan, its program for responsible growth, with great fanfare. The DB report “More Growth Than Good” now takes a sobering look at the plan, one year later. Through selectively chosen goals and indicators, key problems caused by Syngenta’s corporate policies are systematically disregarded. Moreover, the company ignores any due diligence for its own 

Concrete and Comprehensive: The Swiss Commodity Market Supervisory Authority ROHMA acts to counter the “resource curse” and lessen Switzerland’s reputational risks

 — On-going corruption, growing inequalities and simmering conflicts mean that their abundance of natural resources leads to suffering rather than gain in too many developing countries. Switzerland, as the world’s most important commodities hub, plays a decisive role in this “resource curse.” An independent Swiss Commodity Market Supervisory Authority as launched by the Berne Declaration today would 

Big Spenders Swiss trading companies, African oil and the risks of opacity

 — The sale of crude oil by governments and their national oil companies (NOCs) is one of the least scrutinized aspects of oil sector governance. This report is the first detailed examination of those sales, and focuses on the top ten oil exporting countries in sub-Saharan Africa. From 2011 to 2013, the governments of these countries sold over 2.3 billion barrels of oil. These sales, worth more than 

New analysis on UPOV report on the impact of plant variety protection

 — In 2006 UPOV published a report that aims to assess the impact of plant variety protection (PVP) in line with the UPOV Convention. Up to now, this report has often been used to legitimize the introduction of laws on plant variety protection in line with the 1991 Act of the Convention. In the following comment we analyse the methodology of the UPOV’s impact assessment by pointing out its underlying 

Transparency in commodities: the Federal Council’s schizophrenic proposal

 — The Federal Council today announced its wish to close the Swiss gaps in transparency for the global commodity industry. But the entire commodities trading business may well be excluded from any future 

The Swiss Federal Council on human rights & environmental due diligence: There's a need for action

 — The Federal Council published its report on the 28th of may in fulfillment of postulate 12.3980. The postulate arose in response to the Swiss Coalition for Corporate Justice petition, and demanded 

Lausanne’s commodities summit puts global transparency and the Swiss trading hub on the agenda

 — Secretary of State Yves Rossier appears today at the third Global Commodities Summit before prominent industry leaders of Switzerland’s under-regulated commodity industry. As show-piece, he will flash 

 — One year after the release of its Background Report: Commodities, the Swiss government has released an update on the implementation of the 17 recommendations contained therein. These were already 

 — Today a broad coalition consisting of 34 NGO’s, farmers’ and breeders’ organisations from 27 European countries filed an opposition to a pepper-patent from Syngenta. The company patented an insect 

 — "We must ensure that our economic system is compatible with our values and not that the market dictates how it functions. The Public Eye Awards make us aware of our lost values", argues Tomáš Sedláek,