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Corporate power

Friends of the Earth International’s People Power Now manifesto sets out positive measures that will accelerate the transition towards a climate just world. In 2018, climate change made its presence felt in every corner of the world – and people are looking for solutions. People Power Now is Friends of the Earth...
The global food system is broken, leaving billions of people either underfed or overweight and driving the planet towards climate catastrophe, according to 130 national academies of science and medicine across the world. Providing a healthy, affordable, and environmentally friendly diet for all people will require a...
The world must get serious about matching multilateral money with multilateral needs, and devote at least 2% of world income to global public goods. And the time has come to think again about new global taxes, writes Jeffrey D. Sachs. Today, the provision of public goods and services at the global and regional level...
The Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural) of the UN General Assembly voted in favour of the UN Declaration on the rights of peasants and other people working in rural areas, through the Resolution no. A/C.3/73/L.30. The resolution was approved by 119 votes in favour, 7 votes against and 49 abstentions....
Widespread privatization of public goods is systematically eliminating human rights protections and further marginalising the interests of low-income earners and those living in poverty, a United Nations human rights expert has said. In a recent report to the UN General Assembly, the Special Rapporteur on extreme...
Top corporations continue to accrue revenues far in excess of most governments, figures compiled by Global Justice Now show. Comparing 2017 revenues, 69 of the top 100 economic entities are corporations rather than governments. The top 10 corporations – a list which includes Walmart, Toyota and Shell as well as...
World leaders will meet in Geneva next week to start negotiating a new international law to ensure companies respect human rights and the environment in their global operations. But a lack of support from European governments is putting this vital United Nations treaty at risk. Every single day, human rights...
Redistribution via the tax code, progressives on both sides of the Atlantic are realizing, only takes us so far. We need to start limiting inequality before it can dig in, writes Sam Pizzigati for Inequality.org. In the United States, back during the Great Depression, three simple words animated a grassroots upsurge...
Every year, governments are diverting $1 trillion dollars away from people and public services into the hands of big companies, whilst across the world, hundreds of millions of people are denied their basic rights. A new report by Health Poverty Action, Changing track: putting people before corporations, calculates...
We cannot count on our government officials to offer real solutions - only we can make the necessary large-scale changes in production and consumption on both the individual and systemic levels, writes Kristine Mattis in Common Dreams. We’re an egoistical, delusional lot, us humans. We’re the only species on the...
The National Health Service turns 70 today. Despite too many years of austerity cuts, contracting out and PFIs, most of us still feel the NHS is one of the defining achievements of our society, writes Nick Dearden from Global Justice Now.  There’s good reason for that belief. Before the Second World War, healthcare...
The National Health Service in Britain was inspired by the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights, both now marking their 70th birthday. We can look back at how unrestrained neoliberalism swallowed those dreams of the 20th century and co-opted socioeconomic rights along the way, writes Afua Hirsch.  I personally...
Reducing inequality is one of the central pledges of the SDGs, appearing as a stand-alone goal (SDG 10) and as a cross-cutting commitment to “leave no one behind”. Reducing inequality requires resources; both (re)distributing currently available resources more fairly, and raising more resources to invest in goods...
The new Wellbeing Economy Alliance (WE-All) is designed to help facilitate a transformation to an economy that meets all fundamental needs within planetary biophysical boundaries. By Robert Costanza et al. in Solutions Journal. Our current economic systems have become addicted to “growth at all costs”, as measured...
Contents Summary Research, publications and website content Campaigning and outreach work Plans and projects for 2018 Summary Throughout 2017 STWR continued to strengthen and promote our case for global economic sharing, particularly in relation to our core advocacy position as an organisation. All of our...