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Leaflet by CEEweb, April 2017

This leaflet reflects on the main messages of the scientific workshop entitled “Sustainable Consumption and Social Justice in a Constrained World” with the use of a series of cartoons. Sustainable consumption corridors, the rebound effect, the societal and infrastructural context are all important aspects of sustainable consumption, which can be powerfully communicated with a few illustrative cartoons to decision makers and the public.

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Educational toolkit by CEEweb, September 2017

The educational toolkit developed by the Slovakian, Czech, Hungarian and Polish project partners with the co-financing of the International Visegrad Fund focuses on car manufacturing, car use and their various aspects based on a car manufacturing case study in Visegrad countries. The educational toolkit includes 17 interactive exercises/scenarios targeting 11-16 year-old students, which can be embedded both into the formal and informal education framework.

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DOWNLOAD PROTEST-POSTCARD: NO INVESTMENT IN RUTHLESS MINING PROJECTS

Protest-Postcard by CIR, December 2017

Deutsche Bank has been linked by civil society to be involved in various business activities that violate fundamental human rights. Among other things, Deutsche Bank invests in mining company Grupo México, responsible for the destruction of communities’ livelihoods in the surroundings of mining projects. By its investment the bank profits from ruthless company practices. Deutsche Bank has to fulfil its human rights responsibilities!

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DOWNLOAD NEW BRENNPUNKT - BANKS AND MINING

Newspaper supplement by CIR, December 2017

The newspaper supplement „BrennPunkt: Banken und Bergbau – Finanztreibstoff für rücksichtslose Rohstoffgeschäfte“ by CIR (2017) shows how German banks are in involved in financing mining projects in Latin America that violate human rights and harm the environment and making a profit at the same time. Special topics are targeting investments as a pull factor for protests, raw material funds, investment in stocks and credits, and ethical banks as alternatives.

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DOWNLOAD NEW REPORT: THE RIVER IS DEAD

Report by London Mining Network, 2017

This report, published by London Mining Network examines Brazil’s Samarco dam disaster which devastated communities all along the Rio Doce river system in Brazil. The dam carried waste from an iron ore mine jointly owned by two of the world’s biggest mining companies BHP and Vale. The report notes how around 1.4 million people are seeking urgent action to remediate ecosystems and restore livelihoods.

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DOWNLOAD FACTSHEET: THE DARK SIDE OF DIGITALIZATION

Factsheet by PowerShift, November 2017

Some hope that a digitalization of the production – or Industry 4.0 – will help to increase resource efficiency, thus eventually decreasing resource consumption. Overall, however, the issue of raw material demands is mostly absent from public debates about digitalization and future technologies. This fact sheet thus sheds light on precisely these interlinkages between new technologies and specific raw material demands. Furthermore, the social and ecological consequences of mining will be outlined, followed by demands towards a democratic and globally just resource policy.

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Report by ReCommon, October 2017

“Extractivism” is a word still little used in Italy. It immediately suggests the process of removing natural resources from the subsoil in order to export raw materials. In reality, mining is only a part, though important, of the story. Extractivism is based on the systematic subtraction of wealth from the territories, combined with the forced transfer of sovereignty on them, from those who live there to those who deprive them, from those who survive thanks to them, to those who use them to guarantee the reproducibility of a model based on profit for the benefit of a few, always the same ones. Extractivism travels fast and far, feeding on its own lies.
But in many cases, as in Chiapas, communities do not find themselves unprepared, and sometimes the questions of an inexperienced but curious student are enough to unveil the underlying hypocrisy on which this tragic deception is built.

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Report by AITEC, 2017

While next week States will be starting negotiations in Geneva for a binding Treaty on transnational corporations and human rights violations, AITEC launches a new report , “LafargeHolcim in Cameroon 1#Djoungo under the dust of a transnational“. First chapter of a global study on Cimencam, LafargeHolcim cement giant subsidiary in Cameroon, this study reminds, with facts, the urgent need to accelerate efforts to regulate transnational corporations, both at the national and international levels.

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DOWNLOAD FACTSHEET: RUTHLESS EXPLOITATION IN THE RAW MATERIALS SECTOR

Factsheet by PowerShift, October 2017

Our new factsheet: “Ruthless exploitation in the raw materials sector: How corporations are using the investment court system to enforce their interests” is all about investors suing the state.
It explores the roots of the investor-state dispute settlement systems – as a mechanism protecting colonial investments from expropriation- and traces its development until today. But the paper also takes a more detailed look at current cases of mining companies suing states in the Global South, among else in El Salvador, Indonesia and South Africa in order to prevent progressive environmental protection laws and resource sovereignty.

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DOWNLOAD NEW STUDY: MEXICO - VIOLENT MINERALS FOR GERMANY'S INDUSTRY?

Report by Christliche Initiative Romero, 2017

In June 2017 a new European Conflict Minerals Regulation was adopted. Its aim: To minimalise the financing of conflicts through the trading of the so called conflict minerals gold, tin, tantalum and tungsten.  What are the opportunities and limits of this regulation? And what causes mining conflicts and the financing of conflicts? The study concludes in the necessity of implementing binding political measures, in order to urge companies for following their due diligence. The case study of Mexico, as a conflict and high risk area, demonstrates the framework conditions of mining regions that are rich in resources and the reasons extensive due diligence needs to be applied by companies.  The study emphasizes furthermore the political responsibility of Germany and Europe.

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DOWNLOAD CASE STUDY - SUSTAINABLE RAW MATERIAL CONSUMPTION

Report by Glopolis, 2017

This case study analyses the opportunities for sustainable raw materials consumption in the production of a particular telecommunications device. It aims to uncover the geographical origins of the antimony used in the set-top boxes available in the Czech Republic, then based on direct communication with the producers, it concludes with recommendations for producers as well as client companies regarding raw materials policies in electronic devices.

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DOWNLOAD CITY CARD - HUMAN DIGNITY OR PROFITS?

City Card by CIR, 2017

Is the extraction of raw materials at the expense of human rights and the environment a viable concept? This city card was particularily delevoped in the context of German federal elections in order to display the answers of German parties, so called “Wahlprüfsteine”, concering human rights and raw materials extraction.

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DOWNLOAD STUDY: WITHOUT RESPONSIBILITY AND TRANSPARENCY - HUMAN RIGHTS RISKS ALONG THE NICKEL SUPPLY CHAIN

Factsheet by PowerShift, June 2017

The present study by Melanie Müller and Michael Reckordt describes the nickel supply chain as well as the various mining stations. The first chapter focuses on the mining of this raw material and its context with the Philippines. The second part presents the significance of the melts as well as the most important melt producers. The third part focuses on the processing of the the raw material and presents the significance of nickel to the German industry.

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DOWNLOAD REPORT - IN THE VALLEY OF THE SHADOW OF DEATH?

Report by London Mining Network, 2017

This report targets Antofagasta plc., one of the larger mining companies listed on the London Stock Exchange, with the majority of its operations in Chile. Antofagasta controls the Los Pelampres copper mine in north central Chile. This mine stores its tailings in water contained by El Mauro dam, the largest tailings dam in Latin America, which is situated above the small town of Caimanes. The report deals with dangers and concerns in the context of mining in Chile, the influence of a wealthy Chilean family called the Luksic family and close links between business and Chilean political establishment.

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DOWNLOAD FACTSHEET: WE MAKE THE RULES! HOW THE EU INTERVENES IN THE SOVEREIGN FISCAL POLICY OF RESOURCE-RICH COUNTRIES

Factsheet by PowerShift, May 2017

Raw materials, including raw materials for energy production, as well as semi-finished products, and components make up two thirds of all EU imports; more than half of these imports are transported to Germany. Germany’s status as ‘export world champion’ means that it relies on imports, including those of ferrous raw materials. In fact, Germany is particularly dependent on imports of raw materials for the production of cars, electronics and machinery. Moreover, as these materials are located ‘at the beginning of a widely-branched value chain’, the Association of German Metal Traders (VDM) argues that the trade in ferrous raw materials needs to be conducted in a manner that constitutes ‘fair and global competition’. What the VDM regards as ‘free’ and ‘fair’ trade often takes place at the expense of local populationsin the Global South.

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DOWNLOAD POLICY PAPER: TOWARDS A DEMOCRATIC AND GLOBALLY JUST RESOURCE POLICY

Policy paper by PowerShift, May 2017

The Federal Republic of Germany depends on the import of metallic, mineral and fossil fuel resources. The extraction of these raw materials takes place at the expense of the environment and leads to human rights violations. The German Federal Government does not take these consequences adequately into account. Instead, it supports the industry because of concerns around security of supply.

The Working Group on Raw Materials demands the following:
1.    Reduce raw material consumption.
2.    Effectively protect human rights.
3.    Protect and strengthen civil society worldwide.

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DOWNLOAD REPORT: RESSOURCE CURSE 4.0

Report by PowerShift, February 2017

The digitalization of production processes, in Germany also known as Industry 4.0, promises economic growth in times of stagnation. According to business organizations and market-liberal politicians, digitalization will provide solutions for current global challenges like economic stagnation, (youth) unemployment, post-financial crisis or climate change. From buildings and cars to entire supply chains, everything will be connected. We will live in yet another “brave new world”, also known as the Internet of Things (IoT).

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Leaflet by ForumSyd, 2016

This leaflet on sustainable business, produced by Forum Syd, calls on the Swedish government to introduce binding regulations on human rights due diligence for business operating in high risk sectors and areas. Extraction of natural resources is a sector with high risks for violations of human rights. Many countries in poverty, with weak institutions and high corruption are rich in natural resources, and attract foreign business and investors.

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DOWNLOAD BRENNPUNKT BURIED HUMAN RIGHTS - MINING IN CENTRAL AMERICA AND MEXICO

New newspaper supplement by CIR, November 2016

The newspaper supplement „BrennPunkt: Begrabene Menschenrechte – Bergbau in Mittelamerika und Mexiko“ by CIR (2016) shows how mining violates human rights in Central America and Mexico from an activist’s and affected communities’ perspective. Special issues are raw material supply chains, international framework conditions as free trade agreements and international arbitration processes.

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DOWNLOAD LEAFLET SCHÖNER SCHEIN

New leaflet by CIR, November 2016

“Schöner Schein” (“schön” means beautiful, “Schein” means both brightness and sham) is a short leaflet with facts about the production of gold and the protest against mining especially in Central America and Europe. A decision tree clearly illustrates our options for action – is gold really necessary?

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DOWNLOAD OBSERVATIONS TO THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION ON THE MINING WASTE DIRECTIVE

Mining Watch Romania, 2016

Observations to the European Commission on the Mining Waste Directive by Mining Watch Romania. The report lists observations on Directive 2006/21/CE which should respect and consolidate the importance given to the affected local communities and the environment, in order to protect them. The highest risk is that Directive 2006/21/CE would remain a sterile legal act, designed to respond exclusively to the mining industry’s expectations. Mining waste management tends to be considered as a stand-alone activity, outside the complex issue of extractive industries. In this line the principles listed above are minimized, which impedes a pragmatic and efficient approach which should evaluate real costs and implicit risks generated by modern open pit mining.

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DOWNLOAD PROTEST POSTCARD AGAINST THYSSEN KRUPP

New protest postcard by CIR, September 2016

“ThyssenKrupp: take accountability for your company’s actions!”

2013 and 2014, the huge German-based steel producer demonstrably sourced coking coal from mines in Mosambique. Here, a lot of people “must” resettle to very harsh regions without acces to drinking water, fertile ground and income opportunities.

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New bulletin “WATER – Human Right or Economic Factor?” of CIR in September 2016

Water shortage, privatization of water, destruction of the environment… In Central America water is not just human right. Mining wastes masses of water and the toxic chemicals cyanide and mercury contaminate whole regions and thus also the ground water and agricultural land.

Read more about the struggle for water and the role of German companies and other articles about human rights in Central America:

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Leaflet about Fairtrade Gold from Védegylet 2016

This leaflet explains what is the Fairtrade standard for gold and what are the problems of small gold mines.

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Leaflet from Forum Syd 2016

During spring 2016 the EU commission, the European Parliament and member states negotiated a legislation on conflict minerals. Many civil society organisations pushed for a strong and binding legislation. This leaflet, produced by Forum Syd, explains briefly how armed groups use minerals to finance brutal wars and conflicts. The leaflet  includes recommendations on what is needed in order to stop the devastating trade in conflict minerals.

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AS BLACK AS COAL – Business and human rights with focus on coal mining in Colombia

Forum Syd 2016

This report discusses business and human rights with examples from coal mining at Cerrejón in Colombia – one of the world’s largest open pit coal mines. Sweden’s largest state-owned company Vattenfall is buying coal from Colombia. The national pension funds (the AP funds) hold investments in the international mining companies who own Cerrejón.

Which policies does Sweden have in relation to sustainable business and human rights? Which are the roles and responsibilities of states, companies and institutional investors? How do Vattenfall and the AP funds live up to their responsibilities? The voices and accounts of affected communities, particularly in relation to involuntary resettlement, inadequate consultation processes, water scarcity and current plans by the company to divert a river, show that there are big challenges for businesses and investors involved in mining in a country like Colombia.

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DOWNLOAD BULLETIN OF CIR: PRESENTE

Four times a year, the CIR publishes a bulletin with articles about current situation in countries of Central America, environmental and human right activism and news of the Stop Mad Mining campaign.

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Leaflet from 2015 about 3TG in our phones

It shows impressively the “blood” on our phones: forced labour, revenues used to purchase weapons, child labor und human rights abuses. But 3TG (Tin, Tantalum, Tungsten and Gold) are also in many other products of daily life.

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DOWNLOAD atals uhli - czech coal atlas 2015

The Atlas Uhlí contains the latest facts and figures on the use of coal and its environmental and social consequences. With more than 60 detailed graphics, the atlas illustrates the coal industry’s impact on nature, health, labour, human rights and politics.

It is jointly published by Heinlich Böll Stiftung, Hnutí DUHA – Friends of the Earth Czech Republic and Glopolis.

On Website of Heinrich Boell Stiftung you can also get an english or german version.

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DOWNLOAD Verantwortung entlang der Lieferkette im Rohstoffsektor!

“Verantwortung entlang der Lieferkette im Rohstoffsektor!” is a discussion paper by PowerShift. Arguments of German raw material processing industry in regard to responsibility in their supply chains are discussed and rebutted. The paper shows that that binding agreements to human rights are necessary and feasible.

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The PowerShift study  “Alles für uns!? Der globale Einfluss der europäischen Handels- und Investitionspolitik auf Rohstoffausbeutung” analyses how European trade and investment policies reduce the democratic space in regard to resource extraction. It shows how free trade agreements and investment protection of the European Union serve primarily the interests of industry in the raw material sector while the ecological and social costs are borne in the Global South.

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Following the UK Government’s plans to phase out coal-burning power stations by 2025, Coal Action Network and London Mining Network have released the new report “Ditch Coal – The Global Mining Impacts of the UK’s Addiction to Coal” tracing and examining the places coal burned in the UK is coming from. And while the Government’s announcement hints at a step in the right direction, the prospect of ten more years of demand will still prove deadly for many local communities.

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DOWNLOAD report Pitch black - The journey of coal from Colombia to Italy

“Pitch black: The journey of coal from Colombia to Italy: the curse of extractivism” is the last report published by Re:Common.

This story begins in your house at the outlet near your bedside table. It goes from Italy to Colombia, from paradisiacal beaches to fiscal paradises, from the blue Caribbean to the Tyrrhenian coast, from the Sierra Nevada to the Swiss Alps. This is a story of arrogance and violence, of connivance and fear, of threat and money-laundering, of desolation and smiles, of things that cannot be told, of indistinguishable State and market, of black rain and glasses of brown water, of armored cars along the roads and black market fuel, and of security that makes people nervous. This is the story of the journey of coal from Colombia to Europe, to the Mediterranean Sea. This is a story of trains and ships, of ports and mines and of the unexpected interests around them.

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CIR study "Diebstahl – Unter der blanken Oberfläche: Wie die Stahlindustrie sich aus der Verantwortung stiehlt", gives an overview on European steal industry, published 1st. Feb. 2016

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The CIR publication „Diebstahl – Unter der blanken Oberfläche: Wie die Stahlindustrie sich aus der Verantwortung stiehlt“ is based on the Danwatch research in Mozambique and its study “Broken Promises”. It gives an overview on the European steal industry with articles about the human costs of iron ore exploitation in Brazil, forced resettlements in Mozambique and how the state workes in favor of big stealproducers.

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‘Broken Promises’ is a journalistic investigation on behalf of the Christliche Initiative Romero (CIR) based on desk research and expert interviews conducted in May 2015, and on field research in Tete province and Maputo, Mozambique, in June 2015. During field research, Danwatch interviewed several community members from the resettlements in Mualadzi and Cateme who blame mining companies and the government of Mozambique for not living up to the commitments they made in the community resettlement process from 2010 until the present.

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The European NGO coalition following up the conflict mineral regulation process published a briefing in October 2015. It provides recommendations for Member States for formulating their position during the Council negotiations.

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Numerous raw materials are an integral part of our modern life as we know it: Most consumer products are based on minerals and metals – be it computers, gadgets, cars or medical equipment. Minerals like gold or copper are used for their specific characteristics.

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Download BRENNPUNKT: Ressources for the cost of humanity and nature

Which are the humanitarian and ecological consequences of mining in the global south? What is the relation between coal mines in Mozambique and german steal production? Who is responsible in politics – on national as on European level? What can we do? These are the questions the action paper “Brennpunkt” of the Christliche Initiative Romero (CIR) tries to find answeres for. With much background information about mining conflicts in African and Latin American countries.

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