Category: Civil Society

Posted in Civil Society Climate Change Conflict Corporations Health Indigenous People Mining Resource Management State

Mining, Protests and Political Participation in Peru

Source of the Picture: See the multimedia  story on the recent environmental protests in the Tintaya mine developed by Swissinfo.

On November 12, 2019, 13 rural communities in the province of Espinar started a strike.… Read More

Posted in Civil Society Energy Mining

Mining Contracts and Contract Transparency: An Overview

  1. Mining Contracts

States often enter into investment contracts with individual investors in the extractive sector, aiming to fill in gaps in the regulatory regime and offer special treatment to investors. The scope of issues covered by these investment contracts can be extensive.… Read More

Posted in Civil Society Climte Change Corporations Health Mining State

Environmental Regulations: the case of the DRC

Because of the global nature of the resource extraction industry and the variety of actors involved, states are no longer the only ones to have power, and thus sovereignty, over their own land.… Read More

Posted in Artisanal Mining Business and Human Rights Civil Society Conflict State

Responsible Sourcing Initiatives in the DRC: Challenges and Opportunities

With nearly 6 million killed and 3 million internally displaced since 1988 (Consunji, 2014), the conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is one of the deadliest in recent history.… Read More

Posted in Agriculture Business and Human Rights Certification and Transparency Civil Society Conflict Corporations Impact Mitigation Indigenous People Mining Multi-stakeholder Dialogue Stakeholder State Sustainability Trading

Corporate Social Responsibility, a General Overview


The term Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) appeared more than 50 years ago in Howard Bowen’s publication: Social Responsibilities of the Businessmen (1953). The term has evolved for years, but there is an overall understanding among scholars that CSR is the result of the moral obligation that companies have within the society in which they operate.Read More

Posted in Business and Human Rights Civil Society Conflict Corporations Indigenous People Mining Multi-stakeholder Dialogue Stakeholder State

The territorial and social conflict of the Wayuu community and the Cerrejón mine in La Guajira, Colombia

Colombia’s economy is rising. The country is experiencing a mining boom, particularly of coal. The coal-rich areas are often found in rural areas where indigenous communities live.In 1976 one of the largest open-pit coal mines of the world was built in the department La Guajira, in the Northeast of Colombia after signing a partnership agreement between the state (Carbones de Colombia SA), Carboncol and Intercor (subsidiary of Exxon).… Read More

Posted in Business and Human Rights Civil Society Corporations Indigenous People Multi-stakeholder Dialogue Stakeholder State

Flujos financieros ilícitos en los países andinos: una mirada al sector minero

Cepal (Economic Commission for Latin Americ and the Caribbean) launches study  that investigates the tax planning of companies and other actors in the mining sector in the Andean countries, providing estimates of illicit capital outflows associated with mining exploitation and of tax resources that are not collected due to this type of practices.… Read More

Posted in Civil Society Corporations Multi-stakeholder Dialogue Stakeholder

The civil society agenda on Extractive Industries in Latin America, by NRGI and RLIE, 2017


Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI) in collaboration with the Red Latinoamericana sobre Industrias Extractivas (RLIE) launches reports that propose to the organizations and social leaders of Latin America an agenda of political incidence and applied research in relation to extractive industries, and to the contemporary acontext characterized by the end of the “Fiscal super cycle” and the implementation of “race to the bottom” policies by the governments of the region.… Read More

Posted in Business and Human Rights Civil Society Conflict Corporations Indigenous People Multi-stakeholder Dialogue Security Stakeholder State

Social Conflict in the Extractive Sector: Developing Good Security Practices – Impressions of an Event by the UN Business and Human Rights Forum 2017

The Graduate Institute Geneva hosted an event during the 2017 United Nations Business and Human Rights Forum on November 28th under the title „Social Conflict in the Extractive Sector: Developing Good Security Practices“.… Read More