Help stop ISDS: People and Planet before corporate profits

Sign our petition to protect people and the planet over multinationals


50 years ago the Netherlands introduced the Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) mechanism in one of their investment agreements. The ISDS mechanism allows multinational corporations to sue countries in secret tribunals. The whole world followed this example. 

The French oil company, Total is just one such company using ISDS to put profits before people and nature in Uganda 

Now there are over 3,000 such treaties worldwide meaning multinationals have the power to block environmental and human rights protection.

It’s time to put an end to this outrageous system. It’s time to create treaties in which the interests of people and the environment outweigh corporate profits. Ask the Netherlands to lead the way in designing a fair trade and investment model so they can be an example once again, but for the right reasons. 

Sign our petition to the Dutch Foreign Trade Minister

Milieudefensie/Friends of the Earth Netherlands will deliver the petition to Minister Kaag, the Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation.


Dear Minister Kaag,

50 years ago the Netherlands created a separate international legal system called Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) which enables multinationals to sue governments.

Thanks to ISDS, multinationals have claimed more than $ 570 billion from governments around the world. In this system the protection of multinationals is more important than protecting the environment, nature or the health of people.

We understand you are currently working on a new model for the 90 investment treaties held or concluded by the Netherlands. We believe that these treaties must be thoroughly reformed.

We call on you to:

  • Put an end to special rights for multinationals, so governments can enforce their environmental and social policies.
  • Put an end to treaties that fail to obligate multinationals to behave properly.
  • Put an end to ‘secret investment courts’ that are only accessible to multinationals and millionaires.

There is no evidence to prove that a country attracts considerable more investment with this system of treaties. It does, however, hinder the protection of people and the environment. End this system now. 50 years is long enough.

With kind but urgent greetings