Portraits of Resilience, Hope and Solidarity - Webinar 6: Protecting our Future through Corporate Accountability

Dates & Time: 8 July 2020, 17:00 BST

Corporations around the world are using [COVID-19] as an opportunity to ramp up their extractive practices and exploit the natural environment. Governments in Latin America have implemented policy measures that have privileged private sector interests in response to the crisis, benefiting the growth of agribusiness, extractivism, and hydroelectric projects. Our partners have reported that measures are in fact worsening the current humanitarian and social crisis. Guaranteed access to public information on these concessions does not exist and affected indigenous peoples are unable to organise consultation actions within their communities.

Situations like these demand corporate responsibility. Join us to learn more about the vital work being done to hold companies to account around the world. We will hear from a selection of lawyers and campaigners including corporate accountability expert Richard Hermer, who will be leading the discussion. We will also be taking a forensic look at the situation for environmental rights in Colombia, with the help of human rights defenders Danilo Rueda and Jani Silva, both of whom have received countless threats and attacks for holding corporations to account for destroying the environment.

Philanthropist, art dealer and Picasso expert Frederick Mulder CBE will enlighten us on the importance of protecting future generations, and the responsibility of the international community to support environmental rights and their defenders. He will be launching the raffle of a unique Picasso linocut generously donated from his private collection in support of PBI UK's protection work for human rights defenders.