Olin gGmbH is currently funding the following projects:


BankTrack is an international organisation that not only tracks banks and the activities they finance but also organises campaigns in this area. Its mission is to promote fundamental changes in the operations of banks so that, while conducting their business in a fully transparent and accountable manner, they contribute to the ecological well-being of the planet.


Bergwald Projekt

The Bergwaldprojekt (Mountain Forest Project) works for the conservation of forest ecosystems in natural parks, Alpine protection forests and the close-to-natural forests of Germany’s Central Uplands. Some of its forest-management measures and plantings are carried out in the context of week-long, voluntary, ecological forestry-service programmes.


Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO

Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO)
CEO is a research and campaign group working to expose and challenge the privileged access and influence enjoyed by corporations and their lobby groups in EU policymaking. This corporate capture of EU decision-making leads to policies that exacerbate social injustice and accelerate environmental destruction around the world.


Deutsche Umwelthilfe

Deutsche Umwelthilfe
The DUH (Organisation Environmental Action Germany) monitors the effective application of environmental legislation and fights for clean air. Due to vehicle exhaust, the transport sector is a major source of harmful CO2 emissions. The DUH proved that carmakers had been illegally manipulating emissions data to hide the fact that the amount of pollution produced by their diesel cars in real operation significantly exceeded the limits for the respective laboratory type-approval tests. The DUH is calling for a clarification of this “exhaust scandal” and for compliance with environmental standards.



ECCHR (European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights) uses the law to fight for a world free from torture, oppression and exploitation. It supports the oppressed in their struggle for justice and makes use of legal tools to enforce human rights worldwide. In it’s program dealing with ‘Business and Human Rights’, ECCHR focuses primarily on strategies for holding transnational corporations accountable for human and environmental rights violations.


FU Berlin

FU Berlin
Our allies in the protection of the environment: bees as environmental sentinels. We are developing a radical, new method with which environmental impacts can be detected within a given time and space with the help of thousands of bees. The aim is to use honeybees, which are highly sensitive to pesticides, as indicators for environmental pollution.


Les Amis de la Terre, France

Les Amis de la Terre, France
Les Amis de la Terre France is a French environmental and human rights organisation committed to building a more sustainable society around the globe. It seeks to create a world in which the urgent human needs of every individual are met without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.



Campaigning for Transparency and Democracy. LobbyControl exposes power structures and strategies of business influence over public policy in Germany and the EU. The organisation fights for transparency, democratic control and clear limits for the influence of lobbies on politics and public life.



netzwerk recherche
The organisation netzwerk recherche seeks to strengthen research journalism in media, raise awareness of its importance and promote in-depth research, primarily in the training of journalists. Accordingly, one of its main goals is the improvement of educational and training programmes in the area of research. In line with this aim, the organisation awards research grants, develops its own concepts and organises conferences.



Re:Common is an organisation that promotes social justice and carries out research studies and campaigns with the aim of combating unethical business practices and preventing the worldwide environmental destruction caused by the reckless exploitation of natural resources and by large-scale public and private infrastructure projects.


Logo rozwoj TAK-odkrywki NIE

rozwoj TAK-odkrywki NIE
The objective of the foundation ‘Development YES – Open-Pit Mines NO’ (‘Rozwój TAK - Odkrywki NIE’) is to prevent the expansion and future development of open-pit lignite mines in Poland. It supports civil-society organisations and citizens in their efforts to halt plans for new open-pit mines and fight the negative impacts of existing mines. In addition, the foundation promotes the development of energy systems based on renewable energy sources.


Schutzstation Wattenmeer e.V.

Schutzstation Wattenmeer e.V. – Advocacy for a Habitat 
The Wadden Sea World Heritage is a fascinating habitat. The organisation Naturschutzgesellschaft Schutzstation Wattenmeer e.V. has been committed to its preservation since 1962. The aim of the network is to protect the tidal mudflats from the effects of climate change, rising sea levels and intensive use in the hope that they will still be around for future generations to enjoy.



Sea-Watch e.V. – Civil Sea Rescue
Service for Refugees
Sea-Watch is dedicated to the organisation of civil operations for rescuing refugees in distress at sea. In response to the current humanitarian catastrophe, Sea-Watch offers emergency assistance, demands and expedites rescue operations by the responsible European institutions and advocates for the establishment of safe and legal routes for refugees.


Slope Farming

“Slope Farming Project in Ethiopia”, Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH)
A new land-use system that uses adapted, sustainable and organic agriculture to restore and preserve eroded/degraded soils and ecosystems is being developed through field research in Arba Minch, Ethiopia, in the context of a PhD project. Cooperative, synergistic systems are being created through the specific combination of various measures incorporating environmental technologies.


Testbiotech e. V.

The organisation Testbiotech supports independent research and social debate on the effects of biotechnology. Testbiotech focuses on the environmental, social and ethical impacts of new biotechnologies, particularly those associated with the use of genetic engineering in agriculture.



urgewald – Advocacy Group for Environmental and Human Rights
Whoever provides the funds is responsible for the business: “follow the money” – the urgewald advocacy group uses this strategic approach to stop environmentally destructive projects. Few sectors have had a greater impact on environmental and human rights than the financial services industry. This is why the group’s campaigns against investors and financiers target what is often the Achilles heel of an investment project – its financing. Because no nuclear power plants, no dams and no pipelines can be built without loans and investors.


World Rainforest Movement (WRM)

World Rainforest Movement (WRM)
The WRM is an international network of environmental organisations, social movements and NGOs that support small farmers and indigenous peoples. It is committed to the conservation of forests worldwide. The aim is to preserve forests as means of livelihood for traditional forest dwellers and to protect the rights of populations who either live in the forests or depend on them for their survival. Their sustainable practices of forest management and use have conserved the respective forests to this day. This is why the WRM supports local and indigenous forest communities in their protests against projects that threaten forests and in their struggles for the recognition of their rights.




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