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Forbidden Stories, February 1st, 2024 | From Azerbaijan to smartphones: how tainted gold ends up in high tech products
Local residents are complaining about the operation of a mine in Azerbaijan whose gold transits through Switzerland before ending up in our mobile phones.
Swissinfo, November 15th, 2023 | Swiss Federal Court snubs request for gold sector transparency
Switzerland’s Federal Court has turned down a Swiss NGO’s request for detailed data on the origin of gold imported into Switzerland.
Swissinfo, October 31st, 2023 | Swissaid campaigns for climate-friendly ‘superfoods’
To mark World Food Day on Monday, Swiss NGO Swissaid is sounding the alarm: hunger is not going away. The 2023 Global Hunger Index (GHI) shows that 735 million people are undernourished, compared with 572 million in 2017.
The Africa Report, March 30th, 2023 | LBMA standards not enough to ensure Africa gold business transparency, says SwissAid
Standards laid down by the London Bullion Market Association (LBMA), the global authority for precious metals, are insufficient to prevent gold refineries from hiding the existence of human rights and environmental issues at African suppliers, new research says.
GRID, July, 15. 2022 | Russia’s bright, shiny anti-sanctions weapon: Inside the billion-dollar business of ‘blood gold’. Why Russian President Vladimir Putin went on a gold-buying spree before invading Ukraine.
Swissinfo, 17th May 2022 | The article highlights the finding of the gold study of SWISSAID, which is among other things, that Switzerland has recorded a significant increase in gold imports from the United Arab Emirates since the introduction of sanctions against Russia.
Swissinfo, 30th March 2022 | Swissinfo highlights SWISSAID’s work regarding the published report mapping over 100 business relationships between African industrial gold mines and refineries around the world.
Swissinfo, January 31, 2022 | Amid growing concern about whether a world battered by climate change will be able to produce enough food to feed the planet, genome editing has been touted as part of the solution in many countries including Switzerland. But an outdated patent system threatens to stifle its potential and put more power in the hands of big business.