Natural Resources

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Extractive companies have had adverse impacts on a broad array of human rights, such as resettlement of communities without adequate consultation and compensation; environmental degradation and its effects on health, sources of livelihood and access to clean water; as well as charges of forced labor, rape and even extrajudicial killings by security forces protecting company assets, with some cases meeting the legal definition of corporate complicity.

John Ruggie 

Natural resources are at the beginning of every supply chain. Their development is essential to the production of energy, consumer goods and food. This means that there are high stakes involved in their use, development and depletion. Natural resources can therefore be a great source of wealth for both governments and local communities, and bring benefits to all citizens. In practice, however, investments in oil, gas, coal, minerals, renewable energyand large-scale agriculture are often entwined with human rights abuses. This is particularly the case in some of the world’s poorest – but most resource-rich – countries. Under the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, it is the responsibility of the companies developing these resources, as well as their buyers and investors, to safeguard the human rights of workers and communities affected by their activities. 

As Congolese doctor Denis Mukwege explained in his Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech: 

We love nice cars, jewellery and gadgets. I have a smartphone myself. These items contain minerals found in our country. Often mined in inhuman conditions by young children, victims of intimidation and sexual violence. 

When you drive your electric car, when you use your smart phone or admire your jewellery, take a minute to reflect on the human cost of manufacturing these objects. 

As consumers, let us at least insist that these products are manufactured with respect for human dignity.

In this “Big Issue” area, discover sector-specific analysis, initiatives, and news coverage, as well as general coverage and guidance on responsible natural resource development.

For example, for the extractives sector you can find:  

In the agricultural sector, you can find: 

Please also see our Renewable Energy & Human Rights page for tools and resources on that sector.

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15 April 2019
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Autor: Mukasiri Sibanda, Zimbabwe Environmental Lawyers Association

‘Champions needed to jumpstart mineral revenue transparency reforms’...

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14 April 2019
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Autor: Andrew Mambondiyani, The Epoch Times

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12 April 2019
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Autor: APA News (Agence de Presse Africaine)

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12 April 2019
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Autor: Gilbert Tamba, Voice of America (Etats-Unis)

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8 April 2019
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Autor: Michael Agyapong Agyapa, Modern Ghana

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8 April 2019
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Autor: The Lebanon Transparency Association

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8 April 2019
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Autor: Zimbabwe Environmental Law Association (ZELA)

“Zimbabwe’s move to adopt the extractives industries transparency initiative commendable” 3 April 2019...

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1 April 2019
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Autor: Damian Carrington, Guardian (UK)

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1 April 2019
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Autor: Bukola Adebayo, CNN

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1 April 2019
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