Linking development & human rights - an introduction

Below are select introductory materials on business and access to water.  Further reports from a wide range of sources are in the "Linking development & human rights" section of our site.


Key reports & guidance

“Human rights and development – Towards mutual reinforcement" [PDF], edited by Philip Alston and Mary Robinson, Oxford University Press, 2005

“Human Rights and the Millennium Development Goals – Making the Link" [PDF], UNDP


Concerns, company responses & non-responses

The Resource Centre invites companies to respond to allegations of misconduct.  Below are examples of allegations and company responses regarding linking development & human rights.  We also indicate when a company has not responded.

Chad: Publish What You Pay coalition & Columbia Law School Human Rights Clinic call on ExxonMobil to refuse Chad’s request to pay oil revenues directly to government instead of into escrow account for poverty reduction, Mar 2006. No response from ExxonMobil.

Ghana: ActionAid report alleges AngloGold Ashanti operations exacerbate poverty, harm health & environment in Obuasi, Oct 2006. Response from AngloGold Ashanti.

Nigeria: Amnesty Intl. report "Petroleum, pollution and poverty in the Niger Delta", Jul 2009. Response from Shell.


Positive steps by companies

Global: Ericsson promotes awareness of Millennium Development Goals in initiative supported by Mary Robinson, Jeffrey Sachs

Global: UK Prime Minister convenes major companies in "Business Call to Action" to tackle world poverty - booklet describes steps by Vodafone, Sumitomo Chemical, SAB Miller, Reuters, Microsoft, Diageo, Coca-Cola, Citi to help combat poverty

Global: UN, Google, Cisco launch website to track global poverty, progress towards Millennium Development Goals

Global: WBCSD report on how companies can contribute to poverty alleviation & sustainable development. With case studies on companies including Anglo American

Global: Ten companies receive awards for contribution to UN Millennium Development Goals, presented by UNDP, ICC, IBLF

Peru: Converse forms partnership with indigenous embroiderers to create jobs & combat poverty


Lawsuits regarding linking development & human rights

Biwater-Tanzania arbitration over water provision in Dar es Salaam

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3 December 2014
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Autor/in: StarAfrica

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7 October 2008
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Autor/in: ITnewsAfrica.com

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6 May 2008
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Autor/in: Agence France Presse

Global businesses need to do more to help alleviate poverty in the developing world, Gordon Brown said Tuesday as he prepared to host a major conference on the issue...The event, called Business Call to Action, is designed to highlight work already...

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1 November 2007
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Autor/in: UN News Centre

The United Nations has teamed up with technology leaders Google and Cisco to launch a new online site to track global progress toward achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – the set of ambitious targets the world has set itself for slashing...

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10 October 2007
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Autor/in: World Business Council for Sustainable Development

This new publication by the WBCSD Development Focus Area shows how companies can contribute to global sustainable development through their core businesses in a way that is profitable for the companies and good for development. It offers a business...

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1 October 2006
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Autor/in: ActionAid

A new ActionAid report - Gold Rush - highlights how poor communities in Obuasi in Ghana are suffering serious environmental pollution and social problems as a result of gold mining by a subsidiary of the UK-based mining giant Anglo American... Local...

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1 June 2006
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Autor/in: ComunicaRSE

[Original article in Spanish. Title translation, and following summary of the article's key points, provided by Business & Human Rights Resource Centre.]...

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2 May 2006
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Autor/in: Intl. Business Leaders Forum (IBLF)

The 10 recipients of the World Business Awards, which showcase the best practices of the business sector in alleviating poverty and boosting development to reach the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), were announced today by the International Chamber...

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3 February 2006
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Autor/in: Publish What You Pay (PWYP) coalition

ExxonMobil and other oil companies operating in Chad should...play their part in salvaging the revenue management system in Chad. With the freezing of the escrow account into which ExxonMobil has been paying revenues, the Chadian government demanded...

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