Associations, new black beasts of the companies

Apple against Attac Monday, 12 February, Foodwatch against Lactalis Wednesday…, relationships tend between companies, and associations, determined not to be content to play the role of hair to scratch. The complaint against the cement companies LafargeHolcim, accused of ” financing of terrorism “, or the one against BNP Paribas, in the heart of an investigation for complicity in the genocide in Rwanda ? Both emanate from Sherpa, a non-governmental organization (NGO) French defence of the victims of economic crimes.

The scandal of the ” dieselgate “, which has cost 25 billion euros to Volkswagen ? He broke out as a result of the survey of the american NGO International Council on Clean Transportation (icct) has identified. Imposerle theme of the programmed obsolescence in the public debate in full Christmas celebrations ? The beau coup com the association’s HOP, which has filed a complaint against Apple. Epson, Samsung, Vinci… there are more groups attacked in court by the NGO, new black beasts of the companies.

“There is a proliferation of mobilizations and an enlargement of the mode of action to the litigation, confirms Francis Chateauraynaud, sociologist, director of studies at the Ecole des hautes etudes en sciences sociales (EHESS). The rise in the technical skills of the associations, their ability to cooperate with other NGOS, sharing the costs of justice, are behind the movement of the background. “The associations have thus found an effective way, thanks to the media spin, tackle the most valuable asset of the companies, their brand image. With the hope of shaking up the lines.

A good way to know

“Years of arrest campaigns of opinion are not sufficient necessarily to change the practices of multinational corporations. The last weapon that remains, it is the law, ” says Nayla Ajaltouni, coordinator of the Collective ethics on the label, which was formed…

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