Who we are

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.

Our team

Kat Ainger

Editor (freelance)
Contact: kat.ainger(at)corporateeurope.org

Belén Balanya

Belén Balanyá

Researcher and campaigner
Work areas: Climate, Energy, Environment
Contact: belen.balanya(at)corporateeurope.org

Vicky Cann

Researcher and campaigner

Work areas: Lobbying the EU, Captured states
Contact: vicky.cann(at)corporateeurope.org

Tel: 0044 1494 864649

Pia Eberhardt

Researcher and campaigner
Work areas: International trade and investment, ISDS
Contact: pia.eberhardt(at)corporateeurope.org; Skype: piaebse

Kenneth Haar

Researcher and campaigner
Work areas: Finance, Lobbying the EU, Trade
Contact: kenneth.haar(at)corporateeurope.org

Tel: 0045 2360 0631

Olivier Hoedeman

Research and campaign coordinator
Work areas: Lobbying the EU
Contact: olivier.hoedeman(at)corporateeurope.org

Tel: 0032 4 74486545

Nina Holland

Nina Holland

Researcher and campaigner
Work areas: Agribusiness, GMOs, Lobbying the EU, EFSA
Contact: nina.holland(at)corporateeurope.org

Kees Kimman

Finance manager
Contact: kees.kimman(at)corporateeurope.org

Tel: 0031 63830 4731

Karin Lotz

Karin Lotz

Office manager
Contact: karin.lotz(at)corporateeurope.org

Pascoe Sabido

Researcher and campaigner
Work areas: Lobbying the EU, Expert groups, Climate, Energy, Environment
Contact: pascoe.sabido[@]corporateeurope.org

Margarida

Margarida Silva

Researcher and campaigner
Work areas: Lobbying the EU, Revolving doors, Lobby transparency
Contact: margarida.silva(at)corporateeurope.org

Hans

Hans van Scharen

Media officer
Contact: hans(at)corporateeurope.org

Tel 0032 484 729776

Come work with us

We are currently recruiting:

  • A Digital Engagement Officer who will be responsible for CEO’s digital strategy by working with colleagues to enlarge CEO’s supporter base, engaging supporters more deeply with our campaigning work, helping amplify CEO’s messages, and strengthening CEO’s online fundraising.

       Read the job description and find out how to apply here. Deadline 06 June.

  • A Communications Officer who will play an active and hands-on role in the CEO communications team which includes a press officer, an editor, and a digital engagement officer (new post). Alongside your communications colleagues you will work with our researchers and campaigners to get the maximum impact for their publications and activities.

       Read the job description and find out how to apply here. Deadline 06 June.

Our board

CEO's board consists of three members:
Analía Penchaszadeh (The Netherlands/Argentina)
Brid Brennan (The Netherlands/Ireland)
Adam Ma’anit (UK/US)

Our advisory council includes the board members as well as:
Pratap Chatterjee (India/US)
Jakub Patočka (Czech Republic)
Saskia Ozinga (Belgium)
Thomas Wallgren (Finland)

Annual report

Take a look at our research and campaigning highlights from last year, and discover some of the great coverage of our work in our annual report 2018.

Annual report 2018 cover page

Who funds us

Corporate Europe Observatory receives donations from individual supporters as well as grants from a number of trusts and grant-making foundations. Our funding policy rejects funding from EU institutions and corporations in order to maintain the independence of our research. You can access our CEO accounts 2008-2020. Currently the following trusts and foundations are supporting us financially:

Name of foundation

Mission statement

CEO activities funded

Financial year 2020

Isvara Foundation

The Isvara Foundation was established in 2007 and is fully funded by a donation from founder Ayman Jallad. It is "a progressive trust that awards grants to civil society organisations working to halt the unsustainable and socially destructive neo-liberal policies that characterize the currently dominant process of corporate-led globalisation."

Investigating corporate influence & strengthening EU lobbying regulation

€ 74,000.00

Adessium Foundation

“Adessium Foundation was established in 2005 by the Van Vliet family, which has a background in asset management.” “The Foundation works to achieve a balanced society characterized by integrity, a balance between people and nature, and social harmony.“

Investigating corporate influence & strengthening EU lobbying regulation

€ 115,000.00

Open Society Initiative for Europe

The Open Society Foundations were set up in 1979 by George Soros. “The Open Society Initiative for Europe aims to contribute to more vibrant and legitimate democracies in the European Union by supporting the activists and civil society organizations confronting Europe’s many challenges.”

Investigating corporate influence & strengthening EU lobbying regulation

€174,290.00

Schöpflin Foundation

The Schöpflin Foundation, established by Hans Schöpflin in 2001, and “is committed to a more liveable world for all. We want a fairer world and a better future for the younger and future generations.”

Investigating corporate influence (EU trade and climate policies)
& strengthening EU lobbying regulation

€ 70,000.00

Olin gGmbH

(not to be confused with the now
defunct John M Olin Foundation)

Olin gGmbH “is committed to the protection of natural habitats. The focus of Olin is the temporary support of smaller organizations and projects.” “Olin gGmbH was founded in May 2012 by Alexander Szlovák. It receives its financial resources from his private foundation.”

Investigating corporate influence (EU food and agriculture policies)
& strengthening EU lobbying regulation

€ 60,000.00

Funders for Fair Trade

Funders for Fair Trade Foundation (established in 2014 by the Jenifer Altman Foundation and MAVA Foundation) “intends to support the best possible outcome on EU trade negotiations from the perspective of public health, environmental protection and human rights.”

Investigating corporate influence (EU trade policy)
& strengthening EU lobbying regulation

€ 40,000.00

Marisla Foundation

The Marisla Foundation was established in 1986 by Anne Getty Earheart. “The Foundation makes grants in two program areas (the Human Services Program and the Environmental Program) and one special interests category.”

Investigating corporate influence (EU food and agriculture policies)
& strengthening EU lobbying regulation

€ 34.570.00

Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust

“The Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust is a Quaker trust which supports people who address the root causes of conflict and injustice. At JRCT, we want to engage in philanthropy which challenges the existing power imbalances in society to effect real change.”

Investigating corporate influence & strengthening EU lobbying regulation

€ 26,461.00

Fondation pour le progrès de l'Homme

“The Charles Léopold Mayer Foundation for the Progress of Humankind (fph) is a foundation under Swiss law. Our aim is to contribute to the emergence of a global community. Our work focuses on governance, ethics and sustainable living modes.”

Investigating corporate influence & strengthening EU lobbying regulation

€ 28,000.00

Oak Foundation

Oak Foundation was formally established in 1983 and “commits its resources to address issues of global, social and environmental concern, particularly those that have a major impact on the lives of the disadvantaged.”

Investigating corporate influence (EU food and agriculture policies)
& strengthening EU lobbying regulation

€ 35.167.00

Rockefeller Brothers Foundation The Rockefeller Brothers Fund "advances social change that contributes to a more just, sustainable, and peaceful world." Investigating corporate influence (EU trade policy)
& strengthening EU lobbying regulation
€ 37,000.00
Bath University (Tobacco Control Research Group) / STOP TCRG "examines how companies influence health and policy; and evaluates and provides evidence for policy change." Investigating tobacco lobbying influence & strengthening EU lobbying regulation € 7.233.00
European Climate Foundation The European Climate Foundation is dedicated to responding to the global climate crisis by creating a net-zero greenhouse gas emissions society. Investigating corporate influence (EU climate and energy policies), & strengthening EU lobbying regulation € 26,667
Ecology Trust Addressing the causes of environmental harm. Over the years the Trust has made grants to support a range of environmental projects, often with a focus on addressing the causes of environmental harm, rather than alleviating the symptoms. Investigating corporate influence (EU trade policy)
& strengthening EU lobbying regulation
€ 46,032

 

Total grant funding in 2020       €775,121.00

We also receive private donations from individual supporters. To support CEO’s work, you can donate online or make a bank transfer.

Thanks so much for your contributions, which boost our independence and help us expose and challenge corporate power. We are particularly grateful for the very generous financial backing of Ms Karde-Marie Wirtz, who in 2020 supported our work with a total of €44,120.

Corporate Europe Observatory's funding transparency has been evaluated by Transparify and awarded the highest rating, 5 stars. Read more about it here.