From June-September 2018, the Resource Centre conducted a study of the human rights commitments and actions of 30 banks, investment firms, and investment branches of mining companies that we believed to be financing extractives projects in Southern Africa. The goal was to analyse whether companies are adequately conducting due diligence and taking other steps to avoid contributing to abuse in this particularly risky sector. Research was conducted by analysing publicly-available statements on company websites, regional publications, and mining industry publications, as well as surveying companies directly about their policies and practices.

We invite you to explore the responses we received from seven firms: Investec, Rand Merchant Bank, Nedbank, South32, Citigroup, ING, and UBS. All seven of the companies that responded have a human rights policy in place that references at least one international standard (such as the Equator Principles), a commitment to conduct human rights due diligence on new clients, and a practice of on-the-ground assessment of at least some new projects. 

Please also view our infographic that outlines the key findings of our research, case studies on allegations of abuse at Southern Africa mines, and guidance for companies and investors.

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Visualising Survey Findings

To help you get to grips with the findings of our survey, we crunched the numbers, pulled out the key quotes and conducted additional research to produce a one-page infographic, containing all the key details from the survey and a whole host of extra resources. Click below to find out more.

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Case Studies

Allegations of human rights abuses are alarmingly common in Southern African mines. Examples of cases of displacement, labour violations, environmental degradation and violence committed by security forces can be found here.


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Tools & guidance for companies

Where can you start to help prevent human rights abuses? Explore these resource for guidance on indigenous rights, legal standards and more.


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