From ‘moo’ to shoe
The manufaction of leather shoes is a global industry. Cattle hides for your toecaps may come from Brazil and be tanned in India before the leather pieces are sown and glued together for shoes at factories in China, for instance, from where they are shipped to the Danish shoe stores.
The global leather and leather shoe industry has a major global impact. Slave labour on cattle farms, animal abuse during transportation and in slaughterhouses, chemical pollution and poisonous working conditions at tanning factories make up some of the problems.
None of the largest leather shoe brands on the European market are in control of all the links in their supply chain. Particularly the first links among the suppliers – the production of animal hides, animal transportation and tanning – contain major problems.
DanWatch has investigated the first links in the production process for leather for shoes in Brazil and India, which are 2 of the world’s largest leather-producing countries.
The story behind the clothes in your wardrobe often tells of great cost of people and the environment. From usage of water and pesticides, child labor in cotton cultivation to oppressive working conditions in deadly factory buildings in sewing factories in Bangladesh.
NewsFrom ‘moo’ to shoe
6. Jul 2017
Danwatch and IMS to develop new digital “clearing-house” platform with Google Digital News Initiative Innovation Fund
IMS and Danwatch, a Danish independent investigative media and research centre, have received a grant from Google to develop a new digital platform that links up local journalists in conflict zones with international media outlets, paving the way for their stories to reach a global audience
26. Jun 2017
Mass faintings afflict the women who sew our clothes
Clothing and shoes from brands like Bestseller, Nike, Puma, Asics, Vans and North Face are manufactured at textile factories in Cambodia, where garment workers faint by the hundreds every year. Doctors, experts and the women themselves blame exhaustion, malnutrition, overheating and panic.
30. Mar 2017
Activist receives death threats following Danwatch avocado investigation
The life of a Chilean activist was threatened last week as a result of his involvement in a Danwatch investigation into avocado production and water theft in Chile. “Absolutely reprehensible,” say supermarkets that have been buying avocados from Chile.
19. Mar 2017
Supermarket avocados take water from local communities
Avocado production in Chile is draining water resources to such a degree that local residents now lack water. In the area where most of Chile’s avocados are grown, a battle is being waged over water rights. At least one supermarket chain has indicated it will change its purchasing policy for avocados from this area.
15. Feb 2017
Mass gang-rape, brutal beatings and killings – including of babies and young children. A new UN report documents horrifying assaults by Myanmar's security forces on the Muslim minority Rohingya in a sealed-off area in the northern Rakhine State. Danwatch photographer Shafiur Rahman has met some of the assaulted women who fled to Bangladesh.
31. Jan 2017
Europe’s Largest Pension Funds Heavily Invested in Illegal Israeli Settlements
Europe’s five largest pension funds have €7.5 billion invested in companies with business activities in and around illegal settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories. This is at odds with United Nations guidelines, clear warnings from 18 European countries, and undermines the two-state solution, experts warn.
31. Jan 2017
Companies with activities in or around illegal Israeli settlements
36 publicly traded companies with economic activities in or around settlements, checkpoints, the separation wall or involved in extraction of natural resources in the occupied Palestinian territories - with investments from the five largest European pension funds.
27. Oct 2016
Hydro boom sparks violent conflicts in Nepal
A state of emergency in Nepal has paved the way for green energy projects intended to relieve the country’s energy crisis. But following the approval of new hydroelectric power plants, conflicts have arisen between the government and local communities who feel their voices were not heard in the process, leading to several violent clashes between police and locals in 2016 alone.
13. Oct 2016
Maersk scraps ships at dangerous shipyards in India
Maersk has sent two ships to be recycled at a shipyard in India considered by experts to be dangerous. Cancer, mutilation and death caused by a lack of protective equipment threaten employees, according to occupational safety experts that have reviewed Danwatch’s documentation. Maersk concedes that there are problems.
3. Oct 2016
Google investors “deeply concerned” over human rights violations in Kenyan wind project
Google is preparing to acquire a large share in Kenya’s prestigious green-energy Lake Turkana Wind Power project, but the deal is mired in accusations of violations of indigenous peoples’ rights and a court case over illegal land acquisition. In a leaked letter obtained by Danwatch, Google investors say they are “deeply concerned”.