LOGLINE

Breaking news in the world oil trading capital, Geneva: one of the largest companies, Gunvor, is accused of corruption in the Republic of Congo. Roland and Moke, Swiss and Congolese activists, decide to shed light on this legal case while exposing the operating model of this oil sector little known to the Swiss population. As corruption scandals multiply, the Congo is bogged down in poverty. The film reveals the impact of these companies on developing countries and questions the responsibility of the Swiss authorities who host this oil trading industry while refusing to regulate it further.

 
TEASER
 

PROTAGONISTS

Moke Loamba

President of the Association for Human Rights and the Prison, Congo  ​ 

 

Brice Mackosso

Permanent Secretary of the Justice and Peace Commission, Congo

 

Yves bertossa

Senior prosecutor, in charge of complex cases 

Department of Justice of Geneva

 

Sylvain Besson

Journalist, Tamedia

 

Agathe Duparc

Investigator, Public Eye

 

Jean-Francois Lambert

Consultant, Lambert Commodities

 

Lisa Mazzone

Member of Parliament, The Greens

 

Yves nidegger

Member of Parliament, UDC

 

Mark Pieth

Swiss expert on corruption

Former Chair of the OECD Working Group on Corruption

 

Beat rieder

Member of Parliament, PDC

 

Marc Ummel

Head of Raw Materials Sector, Swissaid

 

RESOURCES

Conviction of Gunvor's former employee

Judgment of the Federal Criminal Court

Gunvor's conviction

Press release from the Federal Prosecutor's Office

Criminal order

Report by the NGO Public Eye

Gunvor in Congo

Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative

Congo Report 2018

Report of the NGO Commission Justice et Paix

Publications of oil contracts in the Republic of Congo

Pre-financing and debt in Congo

Article by Les Echos - 23.09.2017

Article by Les Echos - 12.11.2017

Article by Global Witness - 06.11.2019

Gunvor case in Ecuador

Press release from the Federal Public Prosecutor's Office

Investigation by Public Eye

Article by Le Temps - 04.08.2021

Other corruption cases linked to oil

Addax - July 2017

Glencore - July 2021

Vitol - December 2020

Petrobras

24heures.ch - 2020

Gotham City - 2018

Le Temps - 2018

Federal Council report

The Swiss commodities sector: state of play and outlook - 30.11.2018

Status of the implementation of the recommendations of the report “Swiss raw materials sector: state of play and prospects” - 04.21.2021

 
DISCUSSION

The Bern Political Forum, together with les Productions du Noyer, held a discussion on Thursday 18 November 2021 on the following theme:

What are the advantages of transparency rules in raw material trading ?

 

Participants:

Lisa Mazzone, Member of Conseil des États, Green party - protagonist of the film

Marc Ummel, SwissAid - protagonist of the film

Adrià Budry Carbó, Public Eye

The round table was moderated by journalist Lise Bailat

The recording of the discussion is available here.