Trade agreements threaten to undermine every effort to stop the climate crisis. Developed countries are negotiating numerous trade and investment deals that will lock in polluting fossil fuels and business as usual. Trade and investment rules put profits before the planet, limiting governments’ ability to support local renewable energy, and empowering companies to attack environmental protections in secret courts. If we are to keep the increase in global temperature to less than 1.5 oC above pre-industrial levels, this approach is no longer possible. The world needs to agree to a binding global carbon budget in order to ensure a safe and sustainable future.
Trade and Investment
This sequel to the 'Tailored for Sharks' report delves deeper into the role the World Trade Organization (WTO) and its legal system play in the corporate architecture that benefits and protects interests of Transnational Corporations (TNCs); details concrete examples of TNCs behind trade disputes; and presents the post-Bali corporate roadmap.
This report gives a concise introduction to the principle of sharing in relation to the interconnected global crises we face, and makes a simple case for how the world’s wealth, power and resources can be shared more equitably and sustainably.
Global Justice Ecology Project is publishing The Green Shock Doctrine as a means to help expose and examine the deeper issues behind the climate crisis and their links to many of the other crises we are facing. Capitalism and the markets have led us to the brink of the abyss. The more we understand how the roots of the many issues we are fighting are intertwined, the better we can cooperate to change the system driving them.
This report exposes and analyses the principal power-brokers that have caused financial, economic, social and ecological crises worldwide.
Report on Companies and Financial Institutions Benefiting from Violations of Human Rights
This report contests some key assumptions about the rules based global trade and investment system. It addresses such questions as: Who are the real beneficiaries of the legally binding and enforceable agreements and rules of the WTO? How is this elaboration of rules designed to privilege the unilateral operations of transnational corporations (TNCs) which maintains a sea of sharks and sardines?
This report shines a light on the role of six major banks in Greece, Ireland and Spain in the EuroZone crisis.
Africa Trade Network's conclusions concerning the Bali Package adopted at the end of the World Trade Organization's Bali Ministerial.
Although not a civil society report, this statement from the Vatican includes some remarkable quotes about the dominant economic paradigm. For example, "The thirst for power and possessions knows no limits. In this system, which tends to devour everything which stands in the way of increased profits, whatever is fragile, like the environment, is defenceless before the interests of a deified market, which become the only rule."
This report shows how trade and investment strategies, including WTO negotiations, act as economic drivers of water financialisation. Its 12 country case studies expose the way in which many corporations, financial institutions, trade agreements and cooperation strategies are paving the way for water privatisation and financialisation.
The Alternative Trade Mandate is a proposal from over 50 civil society organisations to make EU trade and investment policy work for people and the planet, not just the profit-oriented interests of a few.
A compelling visual infographic comparing the impact of Europe's current trade, investment and industrial policies, and a fairer and more sustainable alternative. (The text is in German but the images need no translation.)
This guide aims to provide a critical perspective on the key elements of the EU’s trade and investment policies and the business interests they serve.
A small club of international law firms, arbitrators and financial speculators are fuelling an investment arbitration boom that is costing taxpayers billions of dollars and preventing legislation in the public interest, according to a new report from the Transnational Institute and Corporate Europe Observatory.
By blaming the crisis on government spending, politicians and bankers argued that the only solution was to cut public spending, but this has predictably worsened the debt crisis.
This new report brings together, for the first time, both historical and projected data on the employment impacts of trade liberalisation. It analyses studies of past trade liberalisations in Africa and Latin America, as well as impact assessments for the current round of world trade talks and the new wave of bilateral EU trade deals.
A guide for citizens 'Nature is not for sale!' criticises the Rio +20 "Declaration on natural capital" which outlines the new market mechanisms through which finance is taking over nature as part of the so called "green economy".
As the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) turns 20, there are real concerns about the increasing influence of major corporations and business lobby groups within the UN.
This report is about bringing hard facts and community perspectives together to help people to become more informed about the nature of the mining industry.
Tar sands extraction in Canada is devastating indigenous communities, wildlife and vast areas of boreal forests, as well as being many times more carbon-intensive to produce than 'conventional' oil. This report looks at the role that UK banks, especially RBS, are playing in providing the necessary capital.
This report show the role that food commodity derivatives have played in destabilising and driving up food prices around the world.
In the light of updated figures on the power of corporations, the ETC Group warns that the competition for control of biomass will perpetuate more than a green economy, it will be the economy of greed.
Across the world, corporate lawyers have taken full advantage of an unjust investment regime to make multinationals sue sovereign governments for millions of Euros.
By signing investment treaties, governments are giving away the sovereign right to regulate in the interest of people and the environment. They also expose themselves to the risk of spending millions in lawsuits that could have been used to serve public needs.
The fundamental flaw at the heart of UNEP's report "Towards a Green Economy" is its failure to analyse the extraordinarily unequal power relations that exist in today’s world.
The book concerns the struggle between the project of capital, which has been perpetuated since colonial times in Brazil, and the historical project of traditional populations, who have lived their lives and are rooted in the Amazon.
This report explains what the World Bank Group is doing in the realms of climate and energy, and challenges its rhetoric on sustainability and poverty alleviation.
This report shows that the World Bank still plays a forceful, catalysing role in channeling major public and private investment flows into high-carbon infrastructure, and promoting false solutions to climate change.
This report discusses the scale and impact of land grabbing for agrofuels in Africa.
Gives a unique overview of the European Investment Bank’s different climate funds and the damaging role that the Bank plays in climate finance.
Activists from the global water justice movement argue that the real agenda of the United Narions ‘CEO Water Mandate’ is to facilitate greater control over water sources and services by for-profit corporations.
One way or another change is on the way: if we don’t change the rules of the global economy we won’t be able to limit climate change.
The first full exposé of the company's activities worldwide, which formed part of War on Want's campaign for companies to be made liable for corporate wrongdoing.
This report analyses the activities of 29 European banks, pension funds and insurance companies, and reveals the significant involvement of these financial institutions in food speculation, and the direct or indirect financing of land grabbing.
First-hand reports from communities about widespread violations of people's rights and environmental destruction, caused by a land grab initially funded by the World Bank in Uganda.
A report from the Polaris Institute that outlines how water multinationals play an increasing role in controlling the United Nations' agenda on water issues.
A useful pocket guide on how a crisis made in Wall Street was made worse by EU policies, and has enriched the 1% to the detriment of the 99%.
This report highlights the negative social, environmental and human rights impacts of London-listed corporations in order to demand much stricter regulatory oversight, particularly of companies involved in mining and trading in minerals.
This report focuses on the ways in which so-called Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) would further devastate Africa’s forests, biodiversity and livelihoods.