Pinocchio Awards

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NGOs organise Pinocchio Awards to denounce contradiction between multinationals’ speech & actions on their social & environmental impacts; companies respond

Friends of the Earth France, in partnership with CRID et Peuples Solidaires - Action Aid France, organise the Sustainable Development Pinocchio Awards to "denounc[e] some multinational companies...[for] the social or environmental impacts of their activities, in complete contradiction with the sustainable development concept they claim to respect..."  The public awards ceremony will take place on 18 November 2014 in Paris.

Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited the following companies to respond to allegations:

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Article
20 November 2014

GDF Suez, Shell & Samsung receive Pinocchio Awards 2014 re contradiction between speech & actions on social & environmental impacts

Author: Oliver Tickell, Ecologist (UK)

"Long noses: Shell, GDF Suez, Samsung sweep Pinocchio Awards", 19 Nov 2014

…Worthy winners of France's fiercely contested 'Prix Pinocchio' 2014 were selected last night, recognising corporate greed, hypocrisy and malfeasance, based on a record vote since the awards began. The grand winners of the Pinocchio Awards 2014 were Shell, GDF Suez and Samsung…"This demonstrates citizens' growing outrage about the severe impact multinational corporations' activities are having on society and the environment", commented Friends of the Earth France (FOEF)… By condemning numerous violations against human rights and the environment, the Pinocchio Awards have grown in importance since they were established in 2008, and they help put pressure on companies to make them change their practices…

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NGO rejoinder
12 November 2014

Friends of the Earth France & Amazon Watch rejoinder to GDF response re Pinocchio Awards

Author: Friends of the Earth France & Amazon Watch

The rejoinder is available in French.

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NGO rejoinder
12 November 2014

Friends of the Earth France & Sherpa rejoinder to Crédit Agricole response re Pinocchio Awards (29 Oct 2014)

Author: Friends of the Earth France

The rejoinder is available in French.

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NGO rejoinder
12 November 2014

Friends of the Earth France & Sherpa rejoinder to EDF response re Pinocchio Awards (16 Oct 2014)

Author: Friends of the Earth France

The rejoinder is available in French.

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NGO rejoinder
12 November 2014

Friends of the Earth France & Sherpa rejoinder to Total response re Pinocchio Awards (15 Oct 2014)

Author: Friends of the Earth France & Sherpa

The rejoinder is available in French.

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Company response
10 November 2014

Samsung response

Author: Samsung Electronics

... As part of our pledge against child labor, Samsung routinely conducts inspections to monitor our suppliers to ensure they follow our commitment. For the supplier in question, we have conducted a thorough audit in March 2013 which was followed by a third party inspection in August 2013, and yet another one in June 2014. No cases of child labor were found during these audits. We are urgently looking into the latest allegations and will take appropriate measures in accordance with our policies to prevent any cases of child labor in our suppliers. We have demanded our suppliers to adopt a new hiring process to strengthen identity verification beginning the end of 2012. ... Samsung believes it is our responsibility to hold ourselves and our suppliers to the highest standards of labor practices. As part of this commitment and to pave the way for other companies, Samsung announced our Child Labor Prohibition Policy in China on June 27, 2014. The policy was co-developed with Centre for Child Rights and Corporate Social Responsibility (CCR CSR) in China, which is owned by Save the Children Sweden. ...

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5 November 2014

Nominees - Pinocchio Awards (Oct 2014)

Author: Friends of the Earth France

These awards will be given by internet users, who will have to choose between three nominees in each category..« One for all, all for me! » awarded to the company which has the most aggressive policy in terms of landgrabbing, exploitation or destruction of natural resources...« Greener than green » awarded to the company which has led the most abusive and misleading communication campaign in regard to its actual activities...« Dirty hands, full wallet » awarded to the company which has the most opaque policy at the financial level (tax evasion, corruption, etc), in terms of lobbying or in its supply chain...[Refers to Crédit Agricole, EDF, GDF Suez, Lyon-Turin Ferroviaire, Perenco, Samsung, Shell, Total]

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Article
4 November 2014

Samsung nominated for Pinocchio Awards 2014 (14 Oct 2014)

Author: Friends of the Earth France

…By highlighting specific cases of social and environmental rights violations committed by multinational companies,…[the Pinocchio] awards are the opportunity to report the gap between speeches regarding “sustainable development” and the actual practices on the ground. Through the Pinocchio Awards, these organizations are fighting for a binding legal framework for multinational companies’ activities… Nine companies have been nominated in three categories…Fanny Gallois, Campaign Manager at Peuples Solidaires-ActionAid France, concludes : “The Pinocchio Awards echoes back hundreds of thousands of men and women around the world who are taking action to force companies, who continue to deliberately ignore their social and environmental responsibilities, to respect their rights…”…[Refers to Crédit Agricole, EDF, GDF Suez, Lyon-Turin Ferroviaire, Perenco, Samsung, Shell, Total]

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Company response
3 November 2014

GDF Suez response

Author: GDF Suez

GDF Suez response is available in French.

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Company response
1 November 2014

Perenco response

Author: Perenco

Perenco operates in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in accordance with international standards and meets all of its legal requirements regarding the publication of information.  It actively participates in the implementation of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) in the DRC, which was declared a country conforming to transparency regulations by the administrative board of the EITI on 2nd July 2014.  Perenco was also active in the preparation of the National Anti-Corruption Pact (NACP) between the public sector, the private sector and civil society.  The pact was signed by all parties in Kinshasa on 9th December 2013. 

Perenco’s operations have significantly contributed to the state budget since commencing work in the DRC.  In addition, Perenco has carried out numerous initiatives throughout the Muanda territory with the objective of providing wider social and economic benefits to the population. 

These initiatives relate to the fields of health, access to drinking water, electricity supplies, education and the maintenance of infrastructure.  Perenco also gives its support to local initiatives which promote the development and empowerment of the people; these include, amongst others, aiding fishermen’s associations, the creation of two important agroforestry projects and significant support for the preservation of the Mangroves National Park (Parc Marin des mangroves). 

These actions are carried out in consultation with the Consultative Committee of Muanda, a body that brings together representatives of local communities, and in partnership with the authorities on the ground.