Corporate Europe Observatory

Exposing the power of corporate lobbying in the EU

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About CEO

Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO) is a research and campaign group working to expose and challenge the privileged access and influence enjoyed by corporations and their lobby groups in EU policy making.

This corporate capture of EU decision-making leads to policies that exacerbate social injustice and accelerate environmental destruction across the world. Rolling back corporate power and exposing greenwash are crucial in order to truly address global problems including poverty, climate change, social injustice, hunger and environmental degradation.

Corporate Europe Observatory works in close alliance with public interest groups and social movements in and outside Europe to develop alternatives to the dominance of corporate power. CEO is registered as not-for-profit foundation under Dutch law at the Amsterdam Chamber of Commerce (statutes in Dutch and translated statutes in English).

Main office

In 2009, CEO moved to an office in the Mundo-B, Rue d’Edimbourg 26, 1050 Brussels, Belgium. The CEO team in Brussels can be contacted on +32 (0)2 893 0930.


Read about our work in 2015 in our annual report. Also available are the highlights of CEO’s work in 2014.

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Advisory board

CEO has an advisory board. Its members are: Brid Brennan (The Netherlands/Ireland), Pratap Chatterjee (India/US), Ann Doherty (The Netherlands/US), Susan George (France), Adam Ma’anit (UK/US), Jacub Patocka (Czech Republic) and Thomas Wallgren (Finland).


Corporate Europe Observatory receives donations from individual supporters as well as grants from a number of trusts and foundations. Currently we receive funding from the Adessium Foundation, Open Society Initiative for Europe, Isvara Foundation, Polden-Puckham Charitable Foundation, RH Southern Trust, Goldsmith foundation (JMG), Human Earth Foundation, Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust, Charles Léopold Mayer Foundation for the Progress of Humankind, Oak Foundation, Olin Foundation, Rockefeller Brother Foundation (RBF), Network for Social ChangeSchöpflin Stiftung and the Marisla Foundation. CEO receives neither EU or other government funding, nor corporate funding.

CEO accounts 2005-2015.

To support CEO's work, make a donation via this page.

You can also make a transfert to our bank account :

Account holder: Corporate Europe Observatory
Account Holder Address: Rue d'Edimbourg 26, 1050 Brussels, Belgium
Name of bank: Triodos
Address: Hoogstraat 139/3, 1000 Brussels, Belgium
Bank account: 523-0803756-89
IBAN: BE45 5230 8037 5689

Thank you for your support !

Charitable status

Corporate Europe Observatory is recognised by the Dutch tax office as a charitable institution (ANBI) under fiscal number 806634558. Legal and fiscal information can be found here.

Lobby transparency

Corporate Europe Observatory is a member of the EU lobby transparency register under identification number 5353162366-85.


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The corporate lobby tour