In this submission, the Mind the Gap consortium focuses on the widespread tolerance of corporate lobbying. To provide a background context in which this submission has been prepared, first our framework outlining strategies that corporations use to avoid responsibility for human rights abuses will be explained. The submission will then problematise the practice of corporate lobbying as a harmful strategy. Two examples are provided to explain how this corporate lobby has been undertaken with the aim to avoid responsibility for negative human rights impacts. The submission concludes with a call to the UN Working Group on business and human rights to provide recommendations to UN member states to decrease the ability of corporations to abuse their power.
Submission for the Consultation on the Procedure Document of the Complaint Mechanism
The Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations (SOMO) welcomes the…
Mining for a nickel and a dime
Complaint filed with CCCMC against Ruashi Mining in DRC
On 4 November 2022, Mind the Gap consortium partners AFREWATCH (African Resources Watch), ACIDH (Action against Impunity for Human Rights) and PremiCongo (Protection of MIOMBO Ecoregions in CONGO) filed a complaint against Ruashi Mining, a…
New civil society toolkit to counter harmful corporate strategies
The Mind the Gap project has launched a new toolkit for civil society to deal with strategies commonly used by corporations to avoid responsibility for human rights abuses and environmental damage across their supply chains….
Governance gaps concerning labour rights in the mining sector in Indonesia
Rigorous terms needed for the accession of Brazil to the OECD
This week, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) announced that it would open accession discussions with six countries: Argentina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Croatia, Peru, and Romania. OECD Watch, a global network of over 130…
How a mining company avoids being held accountable for human rights violations in DR Congo
For over 15 years, a Chinese-owned mining company has been subjecting Congolese communities to serious human rights abuses and environmental destruction. A new report by PremiCongo, Afrewatch and ACIDH sheds light on how Ruashi Mining…
Strategies used by Ruashi Mining to avoid responsibility for human rights violations
Mind the Gap consortium condemns Israel’s designation of Al-Haq and other human rights groups as “terrorist organisations”
On the 19th of October, the Israeli Defense Ministry declared six Palestinian civil society organisations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT) to be “terrorist organisations”. One of the organisations affected by the decision is Mind…