Amnesty International and NGOs from across the world have come together today to establish the Corporate Crimes NGO Network in an effort to join forces in the ongoing fight for corporate accountability.
“Despite a growing understanding of the role played by corporate actors in the commission and facilitation of human rights abuses – ranging from war crimes to environmental harms – the number of convictions against such actors remains outrageously low. Tackling this requires strong partnerships and strategic coalitions with members of civil society who work hard in exposing corporate wrongdoing,” said Montse Ferrer, manager of the Corporate Crimes Project.
The NGOs who are part of this network include:
- Al Haq, an independent Palestinian NGO established to protect and promote human rights and the rule of law in the Occupied Palestinian Territory;
- Centro de Estudios Legales y Sociales (CELS) is an Argentinian organisation founded to promote and protect human rights, justice and social inclusion, both nationally and internationally;
- Community Resource Centre Foundation (CRC) is a Thai NGO committed to protecting and promoting human rights, community rights and the environment through litigation and advocacy;
- The European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR) is an independent, non-profit legal and educational that uses legal means to end impunity for those responsible for torture, war crimes, sexual and gender-based violence, corporate exploitation and fortressed borders;
- The Fédération internationale des ligues de droits de l’homme (FIDH) is an international human rights NGO federating 192 organisations from 117 countries to defend all civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights as set out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights;
- Global Legal Action Network (GLAN) in an independent non-profit organisation which fights injustice and seeks to improve the lives of the disempowered through legal actions across borders;
- Proyecto sobre Organización, Desarrollo, Educación e Investigación (PODER) is a regional non-profit organisation that advocates for corporate transparency and accountability in Latin American countries from a human rights perspective and empowers civil society actors to lead the fight;
- The Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC) promotes and advances human rights and the rule of law in southern Africa, primarily through strategic litigation support and capacity building;
- South Africa Resource Watch (SARW) is an independent watchdog institution that monitors corporate state conduct relating to the extractives industry in southern Africa, with a view to improving human conditions through good governance of the region’s resources;
- Sherpa is a French NGO dedicated to protecting and defending victims of economic crimes, drawing on the power of the law to fight against new forms of impunity linked to globalisation; and
- The Syrian Legal Development Program (SLDP) is an NGO established in response to the Syrian conflict to promote a Syrian community that is premised on human rights and the rule of law.
Global Echo Litigation Center is also part of the Network. Other NGOs and members of civil society are invited to contact the Corporate Crimes Project if you are interested in joining this network, which will meet regularly in private to discuss strategies for addressing corporate impunity.