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1 Mar 2016

Niels Hazekamp, Gisela ten Kate, Wiert Wiertsema and Joseph Wilde-Ramsing - SOMO and Both Ends

Dredging in the Dark - An analysis of the Dutch dredging industry’s failure to identify, prevent, and mitigate adverse impacts in dredging the Suez Canal

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Two Dutch dredging companies and the Dutch government played a major role in the recent effort to widen and deepen the Suez Canal. SOMO and Both ENDS analysed whether the Dutch companies and government abided by international standards for responsible business conduct during their involvement in the Suez project. The conclusion is clear: the Dutch dredgers and the government prioritized commercial interests over human rights and failed to uphold international social and environmental standards...