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Corporate Influence on Global Governance: GPF Analysis

SG_at_WEF_2014UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon meets with World Economic Forum Founder and Executive Chairman Klaus Schwab, Davos 2014. (UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe)

This section brings together recent reports and articles written by Global Policy Forum, tracking and analyzing the political influence of the private sector - particularly large transnational corporations - on arenas of global governance. Recent work focuses on the United Nations in particular, and how a small number of corporations, business associations, and private philanthropic foundations engage with multiple processes to ensure that the outcomes align with a global pro-business agenda. As this work illustrates, corporations and their proxies transform the discourse and/or block progressive outcomes in both the UN's sustainable development post-2015 and the business and human rights processes, pushing (overtly and/or silently) for "multi-stakeholder" governance models and voluntary, non-binding corporate social responsibility commitments.

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2019

Spotlight on Sustainable Development 2019

Reshaping governance for sustainability: Transforming institutions – shifting power - strengthening rights

Global Civil Society Report on the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs

Beirut/Bonn/Ferney-Voltaire/Montevideo/New York/Penang/Rome/Suva, July 2019

ISBN 978-3-943126-46-4

www.2030spotlight.org

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Nachhaltig nur auf dem Papier?

Die ambivalente Rolle der Wirtschaft bei der Umsetzung der SDGs

Briefing

Herausgeber: Brot für die Welt/Global Policy Forum/MISEREOR>
Autorin: Karolin Seitz
Aachen/Berlin/Bonn, März 2019

Download (pdf, 234 KB)

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A Fatal Attraction?

Business engagement with the 2030 Agenda

Working Paper

Authors: Karolin Seitz, with substantial contributions from Barbara Adams, Laraine Mills and Jens Martens
Published by Bischöfliches Hilfswerk MISEREOR, Brot für die Welt-Evangelisches Werk für Diakonie und Entwicklung e.V., Global Policy Forum

Aachen/Berlin/Bonn/New York, February 2019

ISBN 978-3-943126-45-7

Download the working paper here (pdf, 652KB).

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Briefing Paper on the Zero Draft

Unpacking Arguments against a Treaty

Authors: Armin Paasch, Karolin Seitz, Eva-Maria Reinwald, Maren Leifker, Julia Otten

Published by: Global Policy Forum

Bonn, January 2019

Download the Briefing here (pdf, 100 KB)

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What you get for your dollar

"Effective Altruism" - What it is, how philanthropic foundations use it and what are its risks and side-effects

Briefing

Author: Karolin Seitz
Published by Bischöfliches Hilfswerk MISEREOR, Evangelisches Werk für Diakonie und Entwicklung - Brot für die Welt, Global Policy Forum

Aachen/Berlin/Bonn, January 2019

Download the briefing here (pdf, 239 KB).

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2018

Philanthrocapitalism in global health and nutrition: analysis and implications

Discussion Paper

Authors: Nicoletta Dentico and Karolin Seitz

Published by Bischöfliches Hilfswerk MISEREOR/Brot für die Welt/Health Innovation in Practice/Global Policy Forum/medico international

Aachen/Bonn/Berlin/Geneva/Frankfurt a.M., October 2018

Download the Spanish version here (pdf, 1,6MB)

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Statement of the "Treaty Alliance Germany" on the draft for a legally binding UN Treaty on Business and Human Rights (»Zero Draft«)

Published by the Treaty Alliance Germany: Attac Deutschland, Brot für die Welt, BUND, CIR, CorA-Netzwerk für Unternehmensverantwortung, FEMNET, FIAN- Deutschland, Forschungs- und Dokumentationszentrum Chile- Lateinamerika, Forum Fairer Handel, Forum Umwelt und Entwicklung, Germanwatch, Global Policy Forum Europe, Goliathwatch, INKOTA, Medico International, MISEREOR, Mission EineWelt, PowerShift, SÜDWIND, WEED.
September 2018

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Spotlight on Sustainable Development 2018

Exploring new policy pathways: How to overcome obstacles and contradictions in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda

Report of the Civil Society Reflection Group on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

Published by Social Watch, Third World Network, Global Policy Forum, Arab NGO Network for Development, Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era, Society for International Development, Public Servies International, Center for Economic and Social Rights with support from Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung.

Beirut/Bonn/Ferney-Voltaire/Montevideo/New York/Penang/Rome/Suva, July 2018

ISBN 978-943126-40-2

www.2030spotlight.org

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Highjacking the SDGs?

The Private Sector and the Sustainable Development Goals

Report

Authors: Marie-Luise Abshagen, Anna Cavazzini, Laura Graen, Wolfgang Obenland
Published by: Brot für die Welt, German NGO Forum on Financing for Development, Unfairtobacco, Global Policy Forum, MISEREOR

Berlin/Bonn, July 2018

Download the report here (pdf, 2,1 MB)

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Regeln zu Wirtschaft und Menschenrechten

Wirtschaftslobby gegen jegliche Verbindlichkeit und wie die Politik darauf reagiert

Briefing

Herausgeber: Bischöfliches Hilfswerk MISEREOR, Evangelisches Werk für Diakonie und Entwicklung - Brot für die Welt, Global Policy Forum
Autoren: Uwe Kerkow, Karolin Seitz
Aachen / Berlin / Bonn, Mai 2018

Zum Download des Briefings (pdf, 270 KB)

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Procedure and Format

Options for an UN Treaty on Business and Human Rights

Briefing

Author: Harris Gleckman
Published by Global Policy Forum and Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung-New York Office
Berlin/Bonn/New York, April 2018

Download the briefing here (pdf, 249KB)

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Die Agenda 2030, Geberprioritäten und ein neuer Funding Compact der UN

Einige Lehren aus den Erfahrungen der WHO

Briefing

Herausgeber: Global Policy Forum Europe
Autorinnen: Barbara Adams, Karen Judd und Karolin Seitz
Bonn, März 2018

Zum Download des Briefings (pdf, 235 KB)

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The UN Foundation – A foundation for the UN?

Working Paper

Authors: Barbara Adams and Jens Martens
Published by Global Policy Forum and Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung – New York Office
Bonn/Berlin/New York, March 2018

ISBN 978-3-943126-38-9

Download the working paper here (pdf, 928 KB)

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One step further towards global regulation of business

Report of the third session of the UN working group on a binding instrument on transnational corporations and other business enterprises with respect to human rights (“treaty”)

Briefing

Author: Karolin Seitz
Published by Global Policy Forum and Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung—New York Office
Bonn/New York, January 2018

Download the briefing paper here (pdf, 248 KB)

Download the briefing paper in German here (pdf, 241 KB)

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2017

TOWARD GLOBAL REGULATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS AND BUSINESS

Position paper of the Treaty Alliance Germany on the UN treaty process on transnational corporations and other business enterprises

Published by Attac Deutschland, Brot für die Welt, Bund für Umwelt- und Naturschutz Deutschland, Christliche Initiative Romero, CorA-Netzwerk für Unternehmensverantwortung, Femnet, FIAN Deutschland, Forschungs- und Dokumentationszentrum Chile-Lateinamerika, Forum Fairer Handel, Forum Umwelt und Entwicklung, Global Policy Forum, INKOTA-netzwerk, medico international, MISEREOR, PowerShift, SÜDWIND and WEED

Berlin, December 2017

Download the full position papier here (pdf, 290 KB)

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UN Treaty - Menschenrechte vor Profit

Bündniszeitung

Herausgegeben von Christliche Initiative Romero, Attac Deutschland, FIAN Deutschland, Südwind, MISEREOR, Brot für die Welt, DGB, CorA-Netzwerk für Unternehmensverantwortung, Global Policy Forum, medico international, European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR).

Berlin, Oktober 2017

Zum Download der Bündniszeitung (pdf, 712 KB)

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Politische Gestaltungsmacht für die sozial-ökologische Transformation

Privatisierung, Partnerschaften, Unternehmensmacht und die Umsetzung der Agenda 2030

Internationale Politikanalyse

Autor: Jens Martens
Herausgeber: Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung und Global Policy Forum
Berlin/Bonn, August 2017
ISBN 978-3-95861-928-9

Download (pdf, 250 KB)

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SPOTLIGHT ON SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT 2017

Reclaiming policies for the public: Privatization, partnerships, corporate capture and their impact on sustainability and inequality - assessments and alternatives

Report of the Reflection Group on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

Published by Social Watch, Third World Network, Global Policy Forum, Arab NGO Network for Development, Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era, Society for International Development, Public Servies International, Center for Economic and Social Rights with support from Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung.

Beirut/Bonn/Ferney-Voltaire/Montevideo/New York/Penang/Rome/Suva, July 2017

ISBN 978-3-943126-33-4

www.2030spotlight.org

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Partnerschaften mit Risiken

Über die Chancen, Gefahren und Nebenwirkungen von Multi-Akteur-Partnerschaften für nachhaltige Entwicklung

Ein Dossier von Brot für die Welt, Global Policy Forum und MISEREOR in Zusammenarbeit mit der Redaktion welt-sichten
Konzept und Redaktion: Karolin Seitz, Klaus Schilder, Mareike Haase, Anja Ruf
Aachen/Bonn/Berlin/Frankfurt a.M., Mai 2017
24 Seiten

Zum Download des Dossiers (pdf, 2.020 KB)

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Corporate influence on the G20

The case of the B20 and transnational business networks

Author: Jens Martens
Published by Global Policy Forum and Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung
ISBN 978-3-943126-32-7
Bonn/Berlin/New York, March 2017

Download the full paper here (pdf, 900 KB).

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Die Wirtschaftslobby und die G20

Die Business20 und das Geflecht transnationaler Unternehmensnetzwerke rund um die G20

Briefing


Autor: Jens Martens
Herausgegeben von Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung und Global Policy Forum
Bonn/Berlin, März 2017

Das gesamte Briefing hier zum Download (pdf, 300 KB)


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Globale Partnerschaften

Wundermittel zur Umsetzung der 2030-Agenda?

Bericht

Autoren: Jens Martens und Karolin Seitz
Herausgeber: Global Policy Forum Europe
ISBN: 978-3-943126-31-0
Bonn, Februar 2017
68 Seiten

Zum Download des Arbeitspapiers (pdf, 1,3 MB)

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Multi-Akteur-Partnerschaften in der 2030-Agenda

Elemente eines rechtlichen und institutionellen Rahmens

Briefing

Autoren: Jens Martens und Karolin Seitz
Herausgeber: Global Policy Forum Europe
Bonn, Februar 2017

Zum Download des Briefings (pdf, 200 KB)


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Gestiftete Entwicklung?

Die Kooperation zwischen der deutschen Entwicklungspolitik und privaten Stiftungen

Bericht

Autor/innen: Jens Martens und Karolin Seitz
Herausgeber: Brot für die Welt, Global Policy Forum, MISEREOR
Aachen/Berlin/Bonn/New York, Januar 2017

ISBN 978-3-943126-29-7

Download (pdf, 880 KB)


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2016

“Morality cannot be legislated, but behaviour can be regulated”

Bericht über die zweite Tagung der UN-Arbeitsgruppe zur Erstellung eines verbindlichen Rechtsinstruments zu Wirtschaft und Menschenrechten, 24.-28. Oktober 2016, Genf

Briefing

Autorin: Karolin Seitz
Herausgegeber: Brot für die Welt, Global Policy Forum, MISEREOR
Aachen/Berlin/Bonn, Dezember 2016

Download (pdf, 641 KB)


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FENSA - a fence against undue corporate influence?

The new Framework of Engagement with non-State Actors at the World Health Organization

Briefing

Published by Brot für die Welt/Global Policy Forum/MISEREOR
Author: Karolin Seitz
Aachen/Berlin/Bonn, September 2016
9 pages

Download the briefing paper (PDF, 795 KB)

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The Struggle for a UN Treaty

Towards global regulation on human rights and business

Report

Published by Global Policy Forum/Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung—New York Office
Authors: Jens Martens and Karolin Seitz
Berlin/Bonn/New York, August 2016
61 pages
ISBN 978-3-943126-28-0

Download the Working Paper (PDF, 712 KB)

Download the German version (PDF, 1,4 MB)

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2015

Philanthropic Power and Development

Who shapes the agenda?

Report

Published by Brot für die Welt/Global Policy Forum/MISEREOR
Authors: Jens Martens and Karolin Seitz
Aachen/Berlin/Bonn/New York, November 2015
76 pages
ISBN 978-3-943126-21-1

Download the Working Paper here.

Download a German summary here.

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Fit for whose purpose?

Private funding and corporate influence in the United Nations

Report

Published by Global Policy Forum
Authors: Barbara Adams and Jens Martens
Bonn/New York, September 2015
140 pages
ISBN 978-3-943126-20-4

Download full report here (PDF, 2,5 MB)

For single chapters, please see here.


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2014

Corporate influence through the G8 New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition in Africa

Working Paper

Author: Wolfgang Obenland
Published by Global Policy Forum/Brot für die Welt/MISEREOR
Aachen/Berlin/Bonn/New York, August 2014
ISBN 978-3-943126-18-1

Download here (pdf, 590 KB).

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La influencia empresarial en el proceso post-2015

Cuadernos 2015 y más

Working Paper

Autora: Lou Pingeot
Editores: Plataforma 2015 y más, MISEREOR, GPF, Brot für die Welt
Madrid, Julio de 2014

Descárguelo aquí (pdf, 1,1 MB)

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Beyond the “Partnerships” Approach: Corporate Accountability Post-2015

GPF Briefing 2

Download here (pdf, 80 KB)

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Privatizing Global Governance: Corporate Influence at the United Nations

GPF Briefing 1

Download here (pdf, 90 KB)

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Corporate Influence on the Business and Human Rights Agenda of the United Nations

Working Paper

Author: Jens Martens
Published by Brot für die Welt/Global Policy Forum/MISEREOR
Aachen/Berlin/Bonn/New York, June 2014
ISBN: 978-3-943126-16-7

Download here (pdf, 800 KB).

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Contracting Insecurity

Private military and security companies and the future of the United Nations

Report

Author: Lou Pingeot
Published by: Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung—New York Office and Global Policy Forum
Bonn/New York, February 2014

Download here (pdf, 1,5 MB)

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Corporate influence in the Post-2015 process

Working Paper

Author: Lou Pingeot
Published by: Brot für die Welt/Global Policy Forum/Misereor
Aachen/Berlin/Bonn/New York, January 2014

Download here (pdf, 630 KB)

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2013

Whose Development, Whose UN?

Report

Authors: Barbara Adams and Lou Pingeot
Published by: Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung
Berlin/New York, November 2013
ISBN 978-3-86498-698-7

Download (pdf, 170 KB)

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Misdirecting finance – who benefits?

Comments by the Civil Society Reflection Group on Global Development Perspectives

Published by the Civil Society Reflection Group on Global Development Perspectives, September 2013.

Download (pdf, 140 KB)

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The New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition in Africa: Is the initiative by the G8 countries suitable for combating poverty?

A Policy Paper by the German NGO Forum on Environment & Development

July 2013
Published by the German NGO Forum on Environment & Development

Download (pdf - 500 KB)

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2012

Dangerous Partnership: Private Military and Security Companies and the UN

Report

Author: Lou Pingeot
Published by: Global Policy Forum/Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung
New York, June 2012

Download (pdf, 950 kb)
Download executive summary (pdf, 190 kb

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2011

Civil Society and the United Nations (December 2011)

This paper from Global Policy Forum describes and analyzes the relationship between civil society and the UN. The essay charts the struggle since 1945 to enlarge NGO access, from the first steps in the 1940s and ‘50s, to the blossoming of new organizations in the 1970’s, the dynamism of the 1990s, and the increasing difficulties of 2000 and beyond. (Global Policy Forum)
[First published by Uppsala University in Global Civil Society: Shifting Powers in a Shifting World, 2011]

Download (pdf, 105 KB)

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Problematic Pragmatism (June 2008)

Global Policy Forum's Jens Martens gives a critical analysis of the 2008 report by UN Special Representative for Business and Human Rights John Ruggie – "Protect, Respect and Remedy: a Framework for Business and Human Rights." Martens calls the report "a description of the status quo" that does not leave the door open for developing new ideas on international law and corporate responsibility. Martens offers concrete steps, based on Ruggie's recommendations, towards increasing corporate accountability, such as creating an International Advisory Center, using Security Council sanctions and strengthening national complaints mechanisms.

Jens Martens: Problematic Pragmatism. The Ruggie Report 2008: Background, Analysis and Perspectives
June 2008
Published by Misereor and GFP Europe

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