Category Extractive Industry – Mining

Thoughts on Burma/Myanmar #CHEvents

I listened to President U Thein Sein address a packed crowd at Chatham House last night regarding the future of Burma/Myanmar. The event was not short on pageantry, nor on protest, both of which we now come to expect during a visit from an acting head of state. The contrast between the motorcade of BMW […]

OECD Global Forum on Responsible Business Conduct #OECDrbc

I’ve just returned from Paris, where I had the pleasure of attending the inaugural Global Forum on Responsible Business Conduct hosted by the OECD. Conferences offer a great opportunity to assess the state of play of business and human rights, and this one showed that the momentum around implementation of the OECD Guidelines on Multinational […]

Thoughts on Kiobel/Cerrejón mine in La Guajira, Colombia

This week has been a big one in the world of corporate accountability, with the release of the US Supreme Court opinion in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum on Wednesday. I encourage my fellow lawyers (and anyone else) to read the opinion, and also to peruse some of the thoughtful commentary on what happens next. In terms […]

Stories of Resistance

I had an interesting evening at Amnesty International on Monday, attending a panel event hosted by the London Mining Network.  Having recently attended a handful of events which have focused on telling the corporate side of the story, it was a welcome contrast to hear from local activists about the impacts of mining activity on their communities. […]

Corporate human rights abuse in Colombia

On Wednesday evening I attended an excellent presentation of a fact-finding mission to Colombia examining human rights violations perpetrated by large multinational corporations. The UK lawyers who designed the visit are hoping to raise international awareness of the plight of the indigenous communities in Colombia, where a wealth of natural resources is being exploited by […]

Making the case for human rights and business: more than just CSR

One of the key observations I’ve made while surveying the extractive companies listed on the Forbes Global 2000  is that the concepts of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and human rights tend to get conflated, if not totally confused. This is unsurprising insofar as my own business model is built around the fact that many companies are […]

Which industries are embracing the responsibility to respect human rights?

Businesses in every industry have a responsibility to respect human rights. However, certain sectors face more pressing challenges than others, and in an effort to focus on these areas John Ruggie (acting in his capacity as the UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises) submitted […]