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About the FGG alliance

The Fair Green and Global (FGG) alliance is an alliance of six civil society organisations. Both ENDS is the lead agency, and other member organisations are: ActionAid, Clean Clothes Campaign, Milieudefensie (Friends of the Earth Netherlands), SOMO and Transnational Institute.

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Annual meeting FGG

Last month the FGG-alliance gathered for the annual meeting 2016. It was a very useful and pleasant day!

On Thursday June 16th, 2016, almost 80 representatives from organisations all over the world gathered in the Lloyd Hotel for the Annual Meeting of the Fair, Green and Global Alliance (FGG). It was a great day and a fruitful meeting for the FGG programme! The FGG programme has already operated for five years. The Annual Meeting marked the start of the second phase of FGG, in which we continue our work for socially just, inclusive and environmentally sustainable societies worldwide in a Strategic Partnership with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands.

Governance Gap

With FGG, we continue our work for people who suffer the negative consequences of the industrial sector. In our view, there is a gap between the scope and impact of economic forces and actors, and the capacity of societies to manage the consequences. A good and current example is the expansion of the Suez Canal, where OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises were neglected and 500 families were forced to leaves their homes by the Egyptian army. FGG has closely watched the actions of the Dutch dredging companies Van Oord and Boskalis, especially on how these actions comply with the OECD Guidelines. This has resulted in a report with has led to international attention: it has been discussed in a meeting of the Committee of Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, attended by the Dutch Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation. Thanks to the actions taken by FGG, it will be more difficult for multinationals to ignore the OECD Guidelines in future projects and investments.

Global Network

Together with local civil society organisations (CSOs) and networks, the FGG members work to bridge this gap. Instead of using a linear approach such as during the first five years of FGG, this time we chose a more circular theory called the ‘theory of change’. The three theories of change, we have developed, are: improved corporate conduct, improved trade and investment, and improved financial and tax systems. With scientific research, our lobby and advocacy strategy, as well as local networks, we aim to prevent further damage of (often well intended) economic investments from happening.

Legal approach

It was a very successful meeting in Amsterdam, where we took the opportunity to discuss further our plans for the coming years.  Our Advisory Group gave us useful input for the ‘FGG-road’ which lies ahead of us. Whereas in the previous FGG programme we focused on policy and policy making, during the annual meeting voices raised for also a juridical approach and to increase cooperation on cases or complaints against banks or companies not complying with the standards and policies in place. In this way, we can legally force companies and governments to follow OECD Guidelines. The FGG Alliance will look into further venues on how to broaden out this work.

We are looking forward to another year of working as an alliance and with our local partners for better and more just and inclusive societies around the world!

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