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Following the Money: Illuminating the path to justice for global land grabs

This year, our organization, Inclusive Development International, launched the Follow the Money initiative – a new tool to fight land grabs and other corporate abuses.  It’s a simple idea, but we believe it has the potential to be a game-changer. Every year, more than 15 million people are forcibly displaced from their land, housing and … Continue reading »

Are you invested in exploitation? The human rights duties of equity investors in palm oil

Since the global financial crises and food price crisis of 2007-2008, land and the commodities grown on it have become both significant asset classes inviting investment as well as huge sites of conflict and environmental destruction. Among the land-based commodities leading the charge, palm oil tops the list. Palm oil is used in thousands of … Continue reading »

Are infrastructure investors exempt from human rights duties? The G20 surely thinks so…

With this year’s Business and Human Rights Forum (November 16-18) scheduled to take place at almost the same time as the Group of 20 Summit (November 14-15), the temptation to highlight the dissonance between what is happening in each of these venues is just too great to resist. At the Forum on Business and Human … Continue reading »

Human rights issues in private market-financed infrastructure – Issue No. 8

According to several estimates, financing the infrastructure gap in developing countries will take more than an additional USD one trillion a year. In the last few years, policy-makers have been turning their attention to ways to mobilize, to that purpose, part of the USD 85 trillion reportedly held by institutional investors such as pension funds, … Continue reading »

New UN principles a welcome tool to protect human rights in debt crises

On September 10, the UN General Assembly will vote on a resolution to adopt “Basic Principles on Sovereign Debt Restructuring Processes” (“Basic Principles”). The “Basic Principles” bring to a culmination work by a committee of the UN General Assembly that concluded last July. While they bring to closure the work of this body, at the same … Continue reading »

RightingFinance submits comments on ‘vulture funds’ and human rights report

The UN Human Rights Council Advisory Committee has unveiled its “Draft Progress Report on the activities of vulture funds and the impact on human rights.” The report is being produced following up on a resolution of last year in which the Human Rights Council pronounced itself on the effects of vulture funds’ activities on human … Continue reading »

USA: Groups call on financial regulation to enable companies’ respect for human rights

Civil society organizations called for human rights accountability of financial firms, investment agreements and corporate tax practices in the United States. A submission (hereinafter “the submission”) by RightingFinance, Friends of the Earth and Global Witness articulated such demands in the occasion of a consultation in preparation for the US National Action Plan on Responsible Business Conduct. The US … Continue reading »

Regulatory framework fails to match hope placed on private companies, new studies say

Negotiations towards the Third International Conference on Financing for Development, to be held in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) on July 13-16, are in full gear. In line with ongoing trends in the landscape of development assistance, deliberations thus far have shown a strong promotion, especially by Northern countries, of increased reliance on private sector sources for … Continue reading »

Should pension funds be jumping in the infrastructure finance bandwagon?

Ever since the Group of 20 decided to tackle infrastructure as part of its development agenda, in 2010, the push for increasing investment in infrastructure never ceased. Today, infrastructure finance is not only top of the agenda at the Group of 20 – where its sheer continuity would be already remarkable –, but also at … Continue reading »

Agricultural investment and human rights: Do the RAI Principles live up to the task?

On October 15, 2014, the Member States of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS), hosted at the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, approved the “Principles on Responsible Investment in Agriculture and Food Systems.” (“RAI” or “RAI Principles”) In a recent assessment of the principles, the Transnational Institute (TNI) exposes some of the key … Continue reading »

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