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GPF Analysis: Corporate Influence


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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Philanthropic Power and Development

Who shapes the agenda?

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.


Fit for whose purpose?

Private funding and corporate influence in the United Nations

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.



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).


La influencia empresarial en el proceso post-2015

Cuadernos 2015 y más

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

Descárguelo aquí (pdf, 1,1 MB)


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

GPF Briefing 2

Download here (pdf, 80 KB)


Privatizing Global Governance: Corporate Influence at the United Nations

GPF Briefing 1

Download here (pdf, 90 KB)


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).


Contracting Insecurity

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


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)


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)



Whose Development, Whose UN?


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)


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)


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)



Dangerous Partnership: Private Military and Security Companies and the UN


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



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)


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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