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How Big Tobacco wins 30 sustainability awards each year

Big Tobacco is stringing together sustainability and corporate responsibility awards, according to research by The Investigative Desk. This provides the world’s deadliest industry with great publicity, as well as a lobbying opportunity aimed at civil servants and politicians who are no longer allowed to talk to them.  By Irene van den Berg and Sergio Nieto Solis | …

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Vaping: The real dollars behind fake consumer organisations

An investigation by “Le Monde” and “The Investigative Desk” (Netherlands) reveals the alliance between the tobacco lobby and the networks of American oil tycoons to prevent regulations on electronic cigarettes. By Eva Schram, Stéphane Horel, Tim Luimes and Ties Keyzer. Under the guise of defending individual freedom, fake consumer organisations are promoting e-cigarettes. They are an illusion …

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How Shell influenced the Dutch political position on Russian gas

With a sophisticated lobby, oil company Royal Dutch Shell influenced the political position of the Netherlands on Nord Stream 2, The Investigative Desk revealed in a reconstruction. The Dutch House of Representatives wanted to subject the exploitation of the controversial gas pipeline to European anti-monopoly rules. Instead, the government served the agenda of Shell, which …

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