Our work on the BITs (bilateral investment treaties) that the Netherlands has with countries, mainly, in the global South.
About this topic
In 1963 the Netherlands signed their first BIT with Tunisia. Sixty years later the country has signed 75 of these treaties. The objective was to protect the foreign investments of Dutch companies. In practice, they are a powerful tool for multinationals, with disastrous consequences for people and the environment. It is time to fundamentally change this system of investment treaties in a way that the interests of people and their environment are not subordinated to the interests of companies.