• US-India “deal” undermines food security and is victory...

    Netherlands/Jakarta, 14 November 2014 - The announcement on November 13th of a US-India agreement on trade facilitation and India’s food security programme was denounced today by Transnational Institute and Serikat Petani Indonesia (SPI), the Indonesian Peasant Union Federation as a “victory for transnational corporations at the expense of peasant farmers.”
  • The great divide: exposing the Davos class behind globa...

    Davos, perhaps more than any other gathering, epitomises the way political power and global governance have in recent decades been entrenched into a small corporate elite. This elite have succeeded not only in capturing our economy, but also our politics, and increasingly our culture and society too.  
  • Big Corporations, the Bali Package and Beyond

    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. 
  • UN meeting provides historic opportunity to stop corpor...

    Popular demands for a binding treaty on corporate human right violations will get an unprecedented hearing this month at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC).
  • State of Power 2014

    In its third annual ‘State of Power’ report, TNI uses vibrant infographics and penetrating essays to expose and analyse the principal power-brokers that have caused financial, economic, social and ecological crises worldwide.

 

The Corporate Power project is part of the Economic Justice, Corporate Power and Alternatives Programme. TNI’s Corporate Power project seeks to develop analysis and proposals on how to dismantle corporate power. It plans to bring about a People's Treaty on the operations of TNCS that will include a call for an International body that can impose binding legal obligations on TNCs and end corporate impunity for ecological, economic and social crimes. Read more about this project.

Articles

The Canada-EU Trade Deal Could Unleash a Corporate Litigation Boom

A new Canada-EU trade deal, called the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), could expose Canada and Europe to a wave of corporate lawsuits that would restrict governments’ power to regulate in the public interest—including in confronting climate change.

Reclaiming People’s Sovereignty in an era of Corporate Power

Despite the track record of systemic and systematic violations of the range of human rights, the efforts to establish legally binding obligations and an instrument of enforcement within the UN system have been defeated by determined corporate opposition. The current Guiding Principles developed by the former Special Representative of the UN Secretary General, John Ruggie, do not create "any new international legal obligations" and are therefore non-binding.

A Peoples' vision for a just and inclusive Asia and Europe

One week before the official Asia-Europe government meeting (ASEM) gathers in Milan, over 400 people from 42 countries in Europe and Asia gathered at the 10th Asia-Europe Peoples forum (AEPF) to present their demands and recommendations.

Publications

Susan George Classics

The Transnational Institute brings together Susan George’s oeuvre in this beautiful handmade boxed set of her six classic books.

The World's Richest Men

The super-rich aren't just wealthy; many are also actively involved in shaping public policy. An overview of the political impact of the world's 25 richest people.

The Global 0,001%

As 2500 of the world's elites descend on Davos, Switzerland, for the World Economic Forum, TNI has produced its third "State of Power" report that through infographics and essays examines and analyses political and corporate power.

Events

October 2014

Asia-Europe Peoples' Forum

AEPF10 will tackle major themes or People’s Visions, which represent AEPF’s hopes for citizens of Europe and Asia. These are: - Socially Just Trade and Investment - Universal and Transformative Social Protection – Guaranteed Decent Work and Sustainable Livelihoods, Access to Essential Services and Social Security for All; - Food Sovereignty and Sustainable Land and Natural Resource Management; - Climate Justice, Sustainable Energy Production and Zero Waste; and - Peace and Security
April 2014

Het Europese Lijsttrekkersdebat

In de aanloop naar de Europese verkiezingen van 22 mei organiseert de Fair, Green & Global Alliantie een debat waarin verschillende Europese lijsttrekkers worden uitgedaagd deze vragen te beantwoorden.
March 2014

End austerity, control finance, expand democracy

Two months before the European elections of May 2014 Europe is faced with the prospect of continuing austerity, economic stagnation, rising inequality and a growing divide between the countries of the centre and the periphery, while democratic processes are undermined at all levels.

News

US/India WTO Agreement: How Corporate Greed Trumps Needs of World's Poor and Hungry

14 November 2014
A fact sheet from the U.S. Trade Representative explains that there are two parts to the deal that broke what had been an impasse over agreements from Ministerial meeting last year in Bali.

Towards a Just and Inclusive Asia and Europe

13 October 2014
The 10th Asia Europe People’s Forum (AEPF10) tackled five major themes, or People’s Visions, which represent AEPF’s hopes for citizens of the ASEM member countries and the communities they live in. This is their final declaration.

Pourquoi les lobbies du tabac adorent les traités de libre-échange

31 August 2014
La négociation d’un vaste traité de commerce transatlantique pourrait aussi venir changer la donne. Les traités de libre-échange, et en particulier leurs clauses de protection des investisseurs, constituent en effet l’un des armes favorites de l’industrie du tabac et de ses lobbyistes.