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SOMO (Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations) is an independent not-for-profit research and networking organization that focuses on sustainable economic development. SOMO is committed to the fight against poverty, environmental degradation, exploitation and inequality.


SOMO was founded in 1973 and investigates multinational corporations and the impact of their activities on people and the environment worldwide. Research is being conducted on topics such as corporate social responsibility, sustainable procurement, labour in developing countries, and international trade and investment. Unions, development organizations and other civil society organizations are clients of SOMO.


SOMO helps civil society organizations worldwide, especially in developing countries, to develop sustainable economic alternatives in order to address harmful practices and strategies of multinational corporations. In SOMO's vision, strong civil society organizations are the initiators and drivers of positive change. Such change is initiated on the basis of reliable information and close cooperation and is guided by the principles of social and economic justice, sustainable development, transparency and fair distribution of power.


SOMO coordinates various networks including CSR Platform, OECD Watch, Fair Trade Coalition and GoodElectronics. Furthermore, SOMO is represented in several consortia, including makeITfair and Towards Tax Justice.


SOMO is also involved in the European Coalition for Corporate Justice and Tax Justice NL. As a watchdog SOMO investigates the changes in the policies of governments and businesses, and makes the results public knowledge.


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Type of initiative Knowledge/advice organization, Action/campaign organization, Information/network organization
Field of work Manufacturing, Trade, Politics, Knowledge and information
Date of commencement 1973
Founder(s) A group of development organizations
Legal form Foundation
Continent Europe
Country Netherlands
City Amsterdam
One or several keywords that describe your initiative Research on Multinational Corporations poverty reduction, civil rights
Publications Video, newsletters, research reports, news items
More information

Contact person(s)

Jenny Pannenbecker


Contact information

Name Stichting Onderzoek Multinationale Ondernemingen (SOMO)
Address Sarphatistraat 30
Zip/postal code 1018 GL
Place Amsterdam
State/province NH
Country Netherlands
Phone +31 (0)20 639 12 91



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