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Annual Review 2013

January 2014

Our 2013 annual review

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Exposed: How the UK government has colluded with the UK finance sector against legislation to curb food speculation

December 2013

Excessive speculation in the commodity markets has increased volatility in global commodity prices, and has played a significant role in the sharp food price spikes of the last few years. Recognising this, European legislators have proposed legislation to curb speculation, as part of a major reform of European financial regulation called the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID).

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Campaign Briefing: Profiting from people and planet

December 2013

How new trade deals threaten democracy, development, public services and the environment

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Campaign briefing: World forum on natural capital

November 2013

The first world forum on natural capital in Edinburgh, attended by global corporations, banks, accounting companies and governments, continues a process started in Rio+20 of privatising nature.

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Briefing: HSBC and fossil fuel finance

October 2013

Why the UK’s biggest bank needs to pull out of coal

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Tricky questions: Carbon Capital

August 2013

Questions and answers about our Carbon Capital campaign

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MEP briefing: Effective reforms for stable food prices

July 2013

Excessive financial speculation in commodity derivatives has significantly increased price volatility and inflation for staple foods and other commodities. This has had negative impacts for consumers and businesses in Europe and has contributed to significant increases in hunger and poverty globally.

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Campaign briefing: Collective solutions to changing food prices

June 2013

Access to adequate food is a basic human need and right. However, throughout most of the world, it is distributed mainly through markets, meaning that access is determined by consumers’ ability to pay, and returns for producers are dependent on the market price. Changes in these prices can have dramatic consequences for people’s quality of life – especially those living in poverty. But collective solutions do exist, and are being put into practice around the world.

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The Cerrejón mine

May 2013

The Cerrejón coal mine in La Guajira, Colombia is the largest in Latin America and one of the largest in the world. Its steady expansion since its founding in 1976 has led to the destruction of whole villages populated by local indigenous and Afro-Colombian people.

 

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MP briefing: tackling hunger and protecting consumers

April 2013

In 2008, food prices reached record levels rising 80 per cent in 18 months then declining rapidly. Since 2009 prices have climbed again reaching a new record peak in early 2011 and have been at high levels since.

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Media Briefing: Web of Power

March 2013

The UK government and the energy-finance complex fuelling climate change

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Carbon Capital booklet

March 2013

Fossil fuel companies raise money through a mix of equity and debt. Large companies usually raise equity by selling shares, and the London Stock Exchange is one of the world’s leading share trading venues. The money mostly comes from ordinary people, but we have little say in the decision of fund managers to invest our pensions, insurance revenues and savings in extractive industries.

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Mandatory Carbon reporting

March 2013

What is mandatory carbon reporting?
The principle behind mandatory carbon reporting is simple. While companies include information about their profitability and the general progress of their business in their annual reports, not all companies report their CO2 emissions.

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Investment banks’ revenue from food speculation 2010-2012

March 2013

Based on the calculations below, we estimate that in the three years 2010 to 2012, the top five banks involved in food speculation – Barclays, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan and Morgan Stanley – made around £2.2bn from trading food commodity contracts. This figure is an estimate based on a number of assumptions and using two different methodologies and the actual figure could be higher.

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Web of power The UK government and the energy-finance complex fuelling climate change

March 2013

Research by the World Development Movement has revealed that one third of ministers in the UK government are linked to the finance and energy companies driving climate change. This energy-finance complex at the heart of government is allowing fossil fuel companies to push the planet to the brink of climate catastrophe, risking millions of lives, especially in the world’s poorest countries.

COP18: Doha - the last chance saloon?

November 2012

At the end of November 2012, governments will be meeting again, in Doha, Qatar, for the 18th meeting of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of the Parties. The World Development Movement will be tracking the talks and providing expert insight on the negotiation process.

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Transforming our food system: the movement for food sovereignty

October 2012

WDM’s campaign to curb speculation on food tackles one aspect of a broken food system. We’re also helping to build a movement for a just global food system, inspired by activists in the global south.

The global food system is in crisis. Globally we are now producing more food than ever before. But while 1.5 billion people are overweight, 870 million people are affected by chronic hunger. Small-scale farmers are suffering from prices falling below their costs of production due to unfair trade regimes, corporate concentration and the dismantling of state support.

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Briefing: food Sovereignty

October 2012

WDM’s campaign to curb speculation on food tackles one aspect of a broken food system. We’re also helping to build a
movement for a just global food system, inspired by activists in the global south.

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Profits from poverty: How big business is cashing in on aid

October 2012

Over the past decade, the Department for International Development (DfID) has increasingly been putting the culture and interests of the private sector at the heart of its work. Aid is being used to encourage private sector involvement in developing countries, whether this is in the form of supporting pro-market policies or directly channelling aid money through companies.

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