Category: Corporations

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: Swissinfo.ch. 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 Auctions Diamond Mining Security

Post-Auction Impressions of Hierarchies and Secrecy

Some of my peers from the Global Extraction Network course and I went to the Christie’s Geneva evening auction in November and witnessed a spectacle of hierarchies and secrecy that made the evening truly interesting, despite a lack of purchasing power and a looming fear of lifting a hand or finger at the wrong time. Read More

Posted in Artisanal Mining Auctions Business and Human Rights Certification and Transparency Corporations Mining Trading

Impressions and feelings of Christie’s Auction -Are they Magnificent Jewels?

On the way to Christie’s Auction, Magnificent Jewels, at Hotel des Bergues, I was not sure about what I would find there, but I was already constructing an idea of the realities involved.… Read More

Posted in Business and Human Rights Conflict Corporations Methodology

Business and Human Rights: A Network Approach

I recently analysed Business and Human Rights data from the Universal Periodic Review using social network analysis tools. Social network analysis is a spatial and mathematical tool to understand how and why relations occur, and employs computational tools like RStudio in order to do so. 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 Conflict Corporations Indigenous People Mining State Uncategorized

Gold Extraction in Gyama Valley, Tibetan Plateau – When Narratives Clash

 

Sacred Mountain in Gyama Valley, Tibetan Plateau
Source: https://www.tibettravel.org/trekking-tibet/gama-valley.html

While the predominant view of the natural world and global environmental discourse stems from a western neoliberal legacy, the indigenous views of nature is set in a polemic opposition of this mainstream narrative.… 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 Corporations Stakeholder

Human Rights Watch and Christie’s: Two Auctions, Two Worlds

 

On the 12th of November, I attended Christie’s Magnificent Jewels Auction at the Hotel des Bergues. That same week, on Thursday the 14th of November, I volunteered at Human Rights Watch’s (HRW) annual dinner, the NGO’s greatest source of funding in the year, during which fundraising takes place in the form of a big auction.… Read More

Posted in Blockchain Climte Change Cryptocurrency Energy Health Mining New Technology Sustainability Trading

The environmental impacts of Cryptocurrencies

More and more frequently we hear words such as Bitcoin, Litecoin, Monero and Ethereum, digital-based medium of exchange known as ‘cryptocurrencies’. Most often, we hear about the beneficial potentials of cryptocurrency, such as that of not being controlled by any central authority, but working primarily as a decentralized, peer-to-peer network of exchange, recorded and produced by the cryptocurrency community as a whole (Krishnan et al.… Read More