Opponents as well as supporters of the corporate responsibility initiative (Kovi) leave little stone unturned so that they are the ones who can cheer on the coming voting Sunday. The former also go to court for this.
The raw materials company Glencore tried to have the initiator forbidden in court to report alleged child labor in a Glencore mine in Bolivia. On Monday, he submitted a request to the Zug Higher Court for precautionary or in some cases even super-provisional measures due to unfair competition and violation of personal rights – they demanded that the voting advertising be stopped immediately.
Court weighs up
The court rejected the request for immediate measures. As a justification, the court writes, among other things, that it is already too late to prevent a broad audience from finding out about the allegations. In addition, since January this year at the latest, the initiators have been expressing serious and “quite polemical” allegations against Glencore. For the court, an immediate advertising stop is therefore not proportionate.
Glencore had demanded that the initiators delete what they believed to be false information from their website and no longer distribute it. They should also publish a correction on their homepage. The Kovi Committee recently sent an appeal for donations to households where Glencore is being pilloried for the mine in Bolivia.
With the allegation of child labor, the initiators have gone too far, says a Glencore spokeswoman for the “Luzerner Zeitung”. Action had to be taken to protect employees and the company’s reputation. In addition to the lawsuit, the company has also placed full-page advertisements in newspapers in which the company accuses the initiators of spreading false information.
Young liberals also complained
Other opponents of the corporate responsibility initiative have also tried to ban voting advertising by the yes camp through the courts. In several cantons, young libertarians have filed complaints against the churches’ commitment to the initiative. However, they are also canceled. The Federal Supreme Court has rejected the request to stop the voting advertising with immediate effect.
It is not without a certain irony that of all people who are now going to court who warn of a wave of lawsuits in Switzerland, the Kovi initiators write in a statement. You also refer to a last-minute campaign by the Swissholdings association, of which Glencore is a member. The slogan used to advertise no: “Lawyers don’t make the world better.” (lha)