Oil, gas and mining have the potential to generate significant revenues for resource-rich countries, and to provide the energy and resources needed to fuel development and economic growth. However, companies in this sector have long faced accusations of involvement in serious human rights abuses. The Resource Centre has tracked more than 1,000 allegations of abuse in this sector over the past 15 years. These include displacement of communities, impacts on land, water, and housing, environmental pollution, denial of freedom of expression and association, child labour, and killings and other attacks on human rights defenders, among others. In light of this track record, some companies and industry associations have developed leading practices and multi-stakeholder initiatives to address human rights abuses in their operations and supply chains.
This section tracks the human rights impacts of the extractive industries, and industry-specific initiatives to improve companies’ human rights practices.
In this page, learn more about:
The Business & Human Rights Resource Centre’s analysis of banks and investment firms financing extractives projects in Southern Africa
Lawsuits against extractives companies
The Corporate Human Rights Benchmark’s ranking of the world’s biggest extractives companies
Industry initiatives such as the International Council on Mining & Metals
Recent developments in the Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative
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