Report includes examples of business support to civil society's efforts in Guatemala, Australia

Author: Ben Leather, Tamsin Webster & Tess McEvoy, International Service for Human Rights (ISHR), Published on: 10 August 2016

"Protecting our space: Human rights defender strategies to protect civil society space", 2016 

In Guatemala...businesses were engaged as part of the national strike...with many...agreeing to close during the strike. HRDs engaged businesses by showing them that high level officials...were embezzling their taxes, thereby causing economically incentivised outrage.... Even large multinational restaurant chains were convinced to get on board, using social media to declare that they would close their branches…. In Australia, HRDs were  prevented access to immigration detention centres...[T]hey managed to advocate for access by using their relationships with ethical investors in the businesses operating the detention centres... In another...example, HRDs who were shareholders in one of the country’s largest superannuation (pension) funds, HESTA, successfully advocated for HESTA to divest its shareholdings in Transfield, a company involved in the operation of Australia’s offshore detention centres…[Transfield previous response is here]

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Related companies: Transfield Services (now Broadspectrum)