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[PDF] The corporate stranglehold over the United Nations: How big business already wields significant power over the UN water agenda

Author: Richard Girard, Polaris Institute , Published on: 25 October 2009

[T]he World Water Council, its members and other corporations that make profit from buying and selling water...have a strong presence inside the United Nations.The issue of water is taken up by the Global Compact through the CEO Water Mandate...Most of the Mandate’s endorsers are major corporations...reliant on water as a primary input...Suez, Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Nestlé, Groupe Danone, Unilever, Dow Chemical, Levi Strauss and Hindustan Construction Co...In a climate of increased corporate power the United Nations obviously cannot ignore multinational corporations...However, by moving away from a mandate of regulating the power and influence of corporations to becoming a major promoter of public private partnerships and a welcome un-critical place for TNCs, the United Nations has embarked on a troubling and dangerous path [also refers to Véolia]

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Related companies: Coca-Cola Danone Dow Chemical Hindustan Construction Levi Strauss Nestlé PepsiCo Suez Unilever Veolia (formerly Vivendi Environnement)