A Scary Merger

More control? What if the most powerful companies in the world become even more powerful?

The call it thebiggest company you never heard of.” But soon you will hear about it because its becoming even bigger. Next month we will hear about a impressive merger in the business world: the one of Anglo-Swiss multinational mining company Xstrata and the Swiss Continue reading

Economists Going Against the Tide

Can economists ever leave the market-glorifying paradigm behind?

If we look at the prescription of greening the system, we might as well think nothing really changes. But slowly but surely, different voices emerge in the academia. Continue reading

Biopirates Ahoy?

Did you know that Basmati Rice and Rooibos are owned by companies?

To you and me they seem like well-known types of rice and tea which grow in Asia and Africa. Nowadays, however, their ownership is claimed in the US and Switzerland. How so? Continue reading

No More Running Free

Enough is enough. It’s time companies are put on a leash. If not, they continue ignoring Human Rights and the environment.

Around fifty Swiss organizations – amongst which Amnesty International Switzerland, Solidar Swiss, Berne Declaration Greenpeace and the International Comission of Jurists –  are fed up with the way companies which are based in Switzerland are behaving in the world. Continue reading

We are Watching You

Sometimes we can only chose between bad and worse. This is one of these cases.

Yesterday, voting for this year’s Public Eye award started. But stop, don’t click away because you think: yet another publicity prize. It is one indeed, but believe me, it’s bad publicity. Continue reading

Melting Away.

Not only species are disappearing from our planet; so are certain incredible natural phenomena. An update on our world’s glaciers.

The largest ice cap in the tropics is Quelccaya in Peru. National Geographic says that “if it continues to melt at its current rate—contracting more than 600 feet (182.8 meters) a year in some places—it will be gone by 2100.” Continue reading

A Generation of Changemakers

Dear Swiss people (and those closeby): do not miss this event. Euforia – a generation of changemakers – is organizing this year’s imp!act.

Imagine five days fully packed with action and information all around the idea of making a change. Euforia is following the idea that “you’re never too young to make a difference.” Continue reading

Dear George

Since you are an UN ambassador, we know you care. Now, the problem is that the coffee you earn your money with is produced in slave-like conditions. Are you ready to change that?

Solidar Swiss has just launched a campaign which is encouraging people to write to George Clooney in order to make a difference within Nestlé. The multinational company does not like this attack Continue reading

Top Drop

Two Women. Two pairs of skies. Five of the highest mountains of South America. And access to drinking water for thousands of people.

Two Swiss ski instructors take their love for nature as inspiration to take up the ultimate challenge: They will climb five mountains in South America of which the highest (Illimani in Bolivia) is 6435m in order to give a better living to people on the continent. Continue reading