Together with other civil society organisations, CIDSE member organisation MISEREOR greeted the European Parliament decision on the Commission proposal on transparency for large corporations in the oil, gas, mining and forestry sectors. The new rules will force them to reveal their payments, such as taxes and concessions, not only by which government receives the money, but also by project. (Press release in German below)
Human Rights Impact Assessmentof the Tampakan Copper-Gold Project. A report by the Institute for Development and Peace (INEF) commissioned by MISEREOR, Fastenopfer (Swiss Catholic Lenten Fund), in collaboration with Bread for All, June 2013
Campaigners celebrated as the European Parliament and European Council met key demands of the coalition on corporate transparency, Publish What You Pay. CIDSE has demanded changes to the Accounting and Transparency directives which will require oil, gas, mining and forestry companies listed on European stock exchanges to publish what they pay governments. This country-by-country-reporting will improve the possibility of local campaigners to learn what their governments are paid by European and transnational companies.
Fiscal policy – and hence also tax policy – is one of the most important steering instruments of governments. The true priorities of policies are often revealed more clearly by budgets and tax legislation than they are by declarations and action programmes. Also, a government’s fiscal policy reflects the political influence of certain interest groups.
“Investing in smallholder agriculture for food security and nutrition”, Comments on the Zero Draft of the HLPE Study, 30 January 2013
Undeterred by sub-zero temperatures, Misereor partner Hellen Yego, a Kenyan farmer, joined Misereor colleagues and me as we hit the streets of Berlin last Saturday in a public march against agribusiness.
Climate-smart Agriculture – A useful paradigm for Development?, Climate change and agriculture 2nd Edition, Paper 1, Misereor, October 2012
From the ore to the car - Mining conditions and supply chains in the commodity sector and the responsibility of the German automobile industry. A study by Misereor, Global Policy Forum Europe and Brot für die Welt, September 2012 (Full report in GE - Executive summary available in EN - ES and FR)
How to Bring about Change - CIDSE discussion paper (Available in EN - FR)
Negotiations on the final declaration of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development are drawing to a close, with some observers reporting that a final text is ready for heads of state and government to rubberstamp. The international alliance of Catholic development agencies CIDSE denounces the current text, which fails to do what the world urgently needs for a more sustainable and just future.