Trade and Corporates
Transnational Corporations (or TNCs) continue to grow in economic and political power and, despite some steps towards sustainability, are responsible for a great deal of the environmental deterioration currently occurring around the world. Current trade agreements and economic structures are framed around corporate-defined globalisation, whereby the interests of TNCs are put before people, democratic practices and the environment. This requires a strong and concerted response from affected communities around the world.
The FoE Australia corporates project operates in three key areas:
1. Code of Conduct campaign
FoE Australia sees the CoC campaign as being a long term project and activity in the next few years will focus on generating public awareness in Australia about the benefits of an international treaty on corporate regulation.
This is based on work developed and co-ordinated by the corporates campaign of FoE International. Its aim is to gain an international, legally binding code of conduct (CoC) for all TNCs operating around the world in order to protect communities and the environment. A briefing paper which outlines how the code would work is available at: http://www.foei.org/en/what-we-do/corporate-capture.
2. Palm Oil campaign
Australian consumers, retailers and manufacturers can play a key role in curbing massive deforestation in South East Asia for palm oil plantations. That’s the view of the Palm Oil Action Group, which launched a consumer campaign on World Environment Day 2007.
3. Barrick Gold campaign
Barrick Gold is one of the largest goldminers on the planet. FoE Australia is working with groups and communities in Australia, Canada and Chile against the ecological and social impacts of Barrick's activities.
Full details on the campaign are available here.
Solidarity with FoE groups in the global South
Many FoE groups, in Africa, Latin America and Asia, are on the production end of the activities of TNCs (mines, dams, forestry operations, etc). FoEA responds as best it can to requests for campaign support from these groups, and the aim of the TNC project is to formalise this work, acting as an initial check-in point for these types of requests and then responding as appropriate and as possible. This includes campaign support, attending the AGMs of specific TNCs in order to raise issues, running media campaigns and getting other green groups to do the same, and organising non-violent direct actions.