How fair is made inEurope?

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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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 present an effective counterweight to this trend, regulating this high-risk sector with a mixture of due diligence and transparency requirements. 

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 regulation. In other words, the current proposal for regulation may just be window dressing. 

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 information about the ways to require businesses to undertake human rights and environmental due diligence. The Federal Council confirms that there is a need for action and that legislation on due 

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 the government’s latest “Inaction Plan” (The Independent), but have no political answers to the ever-growing number of scandals involving Swiss companies. The BD ventures into the lion’s den to push 

 — 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, 

 — Yesterday, the House of Representatives of the Federal Republic of Nigeria ordered an immediate investigation into a multibillion dollar scheme used by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation 

 — A criminal complaint was filed last Friday against Argor-Heraeus SA, registered in Mendrisio (Ticino), for laundering gold plundered from an armed conflict. BD’s partner organisation, Trial, accuses 

 — Each year Nigeria loses billions of dollars through oil sale far below the market price, or because of Nigerian subsidies for the import of refined petroleum products.