Greedy palm-oil companies in Southeast Asia are tearing down untouched rain forest in their hunt for new land. Norwegian food producers such as Mills assert that that they use only palm oil from sustainable plantations. But their Swedish importers refuse to state which plantations the oil comes from.
Worn-looking clothes direct from the store have a price. Manual sandblasting with quartz sand gives the clothes a worn look but inflicts the risk of the incurable lung disease silicosis on the workers, according to a new report.
Last year, Norwatch revealed that the Norwegian government pension fund had invested Africa Israel Investments and in its subsidiary Danya Cebus Ltd, which build settlement on occupied West Bank. Today, the Norwegian Ministry of Finance announced that the Pension Fund has divested from both firms, as well as a Malaysian forest company.
International media has today covered a vessel that has been apprehended in Cyprus, for alleged arms transport to Sudan. The ship left Norway few weeks before, the story goes. From what Norwatch can establish, no arms from Norway were part of the shipment.
Norwegian investor KLP has blacklisted another two new fertiliser companies that buy phosphate from occupied Western Sahara. Furthermore, two additional corporations were dropped from its portfolio because they are linked with nuclear weapons production.
Kongsberg Seatex had hoped to sell an ocean surveillance system to the Moroccan navy but chose to refrain because of the Western Sahara conflict. “We could not be absolutely sure that it would not be placed in Western Sahara,” Even Aas, Executive Vice President, Public Affairs, told Norwatch.
Norwegian fish oil importer GC Rieber today announced that they have stopped all imports of fish oil from Morocco and occupied Western Sahara. After their biggest customer did not longer want to buy the controversial oil, the importer has chosen to stop further purchases from the region.
A Norwegian study refutes extreme levels of heavy metals from the AngloGold Ashanti gold mine in Tanzania. But the discovery of poisonous arsenic gives rise to concern and may indicate local emissions.