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.
From Volkswagen’s Dieselgate affair to Monsanto’s glyphosate saga, it often takes a scandal to reveal the way big business lobbies try to shape EU policies in their interests, how they evade regulation and attempt to control the terms of debates of public interest.
This often results in corporate capture of EU decision-making, which in turn leads to policies that exacerbate social injustice and accelerate environmental degradation across the world. It is crucial to roll back corporate power and to expose greenwashing in order to truly address global problems like poverty, climate change, social injustice, hunger and environmental destruction.
We work closely with public interest groups and social movements within and outside of Europe to develop alternatives to the dominance of corporate power. CEO is registered as a not-for-profit foundation under Dutch law at the Dutch Chamber of Commerce, KvK-nummer: 33298822. Our statutes are available in Dutch (original) and in English (translation).
Since 2009 CEO has had its office at the Mundo-B building, 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 2016 in our annual report.
Find out more about our work on:
- Environment (climate change, energy...)
- Economy and finance (the financial lobby, the EU’s economic governance...)
- Food and agriculture (the agribusiness lobby, the European Food Safety Authority...)
- International trade (trade agreements, investment...)
- The power of lobbies in general, including reports on specific issues and our campaigns on revolving doors and on the EU’s expert groups.
If you want to see who works for CEO or what issues staff members work on, or if you’re looking for contact details, consult our staff overview.
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CEO has an advisory board. Its members are: Brid Brennan (The Netherlands/Ireland), Pratap Chatterjee (India/US), Analía Penchaszadeh (The Netherlands/Argentina), Susan George (France), Adam Ma’anit (UK/US), Jakub Patočka (Czech Republic) and Thomas Wallgren (Finland).
Corporate Europe Observatory receives donations from individual supporters as well as grants from a number of trusts and grant-making foundations. Our strict funding policy rejects funding from the EU, governments, political parties and corporations in order to maintain the independence of our research. You can access our CEO accounts 2008-2017 and can also consult the list of trusts and foundations currently supporting us below.
“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.“
“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.”
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.”
The JMG Foundation is a U.K.-based organization (founded by Ben Goldsmith) which funds environmental advocacy campaigns. As they do not currently have a website, please follow the hyperlink to the organisation's entry on SourceWatch.
The Guerrilla Foundation was founded in 2016 by Antonis Schwarz. “The Guerrilla Foundation provides grants and non-financial support to activists and social entrepreneurs who catalyze systems change, generate bottom-up pressure on political establishments, and foster an engaged civil society.”
“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.”
“The Isvara Foundation 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.” "The Foundation was established by Ayman Jallad in 2007 and its grant-making activities are fully financed from a personal donation made by Mr. Jallad.”
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.”
Misereor is one of the biggest aid organisations linked to the Roman Catholic church, working to empower people across the globe to fight injustice and break free from poverty. Their grant-making and project activity is entirely independent of the faith or religious beliefs of the beneficiaries.
The Olin Foundation “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.”
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.”
The Schöpflin Foundation, established by Hans Schöpflin in 2001, “is committed to a more liveable world for all. We want a fairer world and a better future for the younger and future generations.”
Un Monde par Tous supports initiatives promoting alternative modes of economic governance, as the dominant system continues to exacerbate inequalities of all forms across the world and is leading to severe environmental degradation. The foundation was created under the aegis of the Fondation de France in 1996.
Donations from individual supporters
To support CEO’s work, you can make a donation via this page or make a transfer 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
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Corporate Europe Observatory is registered in the EU lobby transparency register under identification number 5353162366-85.