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Dredging companies and Dutch Export Credit Agency failed to conduct due diligence over the dredging project in the Suez Canal

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Research by Somo reveals the adverse human rights and environmental impacts associated with the dredging of the expanded Suez Canal in Egypt, project involving Dutch companies and government.

Two Dutch dredging companies and the Dutch government played a major role in the recent effort to widen and deepen the Suez Canal. SOMO and Both ENDS analysed whether the Dutch companies and government abided by international standards for responsible business conduct during their involvement in the Suez project. The conclusion is clear: the Dutch dredgers and the government prioritized commercial interests over human rights and failed to uphold international social and environmental standards.

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