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Development and poverty - an introduction

Below are select introductory materials on business and poverty/development.  Further reports from a wide range of sources are in the "Poverty/Development/Economic & social rights: General" section of our website.

Key reports & guidance

Business and the Millennium Development Goals – A Framework for Action, 2nd edition, Intl. Business Leaders Forum, Dec 2008

Business and the Millennium Development Goals – Your Call to Action [PDF], Oxfam (from “Briefings for Business” series), May 2008

World Investment Report - Transnational Corporations, Extractive Industries and Development [PDF], UN Conference on Trade & Development (UNCTAD), Aug 2007

A Business Guide to Development Actors [PDF], World Business Council for Sustainable Development and Intl. Business Leaders Forum

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 poverty and development.  We also indicate when a company has not responded.

Angola: Global Witness report & Financial Times article raise concerns that loan to Angola's state oil company Sonangol will perpetuate corruption & poverty, Oct 2005.  Response by Barclays, Calyon, Deutsche Bank, KBC, Natexis Banques Populaires, Royal Bank of Scotland. Banco Espirito Santo, Commerzbank, Standard Chartered did not respond.

Angola: Report says mining companies' arbitrary seizure & destruction of farmlands causing widespread hunger & deepening poverty, Oct 2008. Endiama, ITM Mining and Lazare Kaplan did not respond.

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. ExxonMobil did not respond.

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

Madagascar: Panos/Friends of the Earth report raises displacement, poverty & environmental concerns regarding Rio Tinto mine, Oct 2007.  Rio Tinto.response.

Peru: Tambogrande mine ignored opposition from local farmers, says Christian Aid report, “Unearthing the truth”, Mar 2006.  Response by Manhattan Minerals.

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15 February 2005

Mining in Peru: Unearthing the Truth

Author: Christian Aid

As multinational mining companies BHP Billiton and Anglo American meet with campaigners to discuss the negative impact of mining in the developing world, Christian Aid’s new report argues that the questionable economic benefits of increased mining in...

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1 February 2006

[DOC] Table indicating which banks have responded to concerns raised about loan to Sonangol (Angola’s state oil company) - with links to responses

Author: Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited each of the banks...to respond to concerns raised...about a new loan to Sonangol...The Global Witness article says these banks participated in a similar 2004 loan “and the same banks appear likely to...

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3 February 2006

Chad and World Bank: PWYP urges all stakeholders to resume talks to end current stalemate over oil revenue management law dispute

Author: 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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1 June 2006

Local development of an indigenous community [Peru]

Author: 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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1 October 2006

Gold mining company accused of abuse in Ghana

Author: 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 April 2007

Diamond Development Initiative Builds on Kimberley

Author: International Diamond Exchange

“The Diamond Development Initiative, seeks to break new ground in an effort to improve the lives of artisanal (small-scale) diamond miners, by going beyond the Kimberley Process to address economic development,” says Ian Smillie of Partnership Africa...

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24 October 2007

Rio Tinto's Madagascar mining project

Author: Friends of the Earth

A controversial mining development [by Rio Tinto] on the island of Madagascar, billed as a model for future mining projects, is damaging the local economy, exacerbating poverty and threatening unique biodiversity, a new report published today [by...

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1 November 2007

UN, Google and Cisco unveil online tool in battle against global poverty

Author: 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...

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6 May 2008

Brown, UN seek big business to tackle world poverty

Author: 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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30 July 2008

[PDF] Harvesting hunger in Angola's diamond fields

Author: Rafael Marques

For the past year, I have been paying special attention to a new trend of violations, consistently committed by Sociedade Mineira do Cuango (joint venture ITM-Mining, Endiama, Lumanhe)...The new trend [of seizing and destroying fields where crops are...

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