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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Artigo
10 March 2019
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Autor: Sindiso Dube Newsday (Zimbabwe) 2 March 2019

“Female miners bemoan lack of protection” ...

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5 March 2019
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5 March 2019
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Autor: Le Potentiel (RDC)

"Un nouveau départ dans le secteur minier : Ivan Glasenberg et Mark Bristow reçus par Félix Tshisekedi ", 1 mars 2019...

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Artigo
5 March 2019
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Autor: Robert Kongo, Le Potentiel (RDC)

"Auteur de la pièce de théâtre « Le projet Koltan » – Christian Bena Toko : « l’exploitation du Coltan, qui a fort peu rapporté d’argent au Congo, est aussi source de malheurs pour la population »", 2 mars 2019...

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Artigo
4 March 2019
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Autor: William Clowes, Bloomberg

"Congo President Supports Predecessor's Mining Policies", 2 March 2019...

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História
3 March 2019
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A recent media report published by the World Maritime News (linked below) claims that crew aboard Liberian-flagged ship Villa Deste owned by the Greek company, Evalend Shipping Company S.A., were neglected, with limited food, and underpaid whilst...

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Artigo
3 March 2019
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Autor: Savi Khorn, The Phnom Penh Post

"Group estimates 152 Prey Lang forestry crimes in January", 1 March 2019...

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Artigo
2 March 2019
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Autor: Zócalo (México)

“Señalan 826 conflictos ambientales”, 28 de febrero de 2019...

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Artigo
1 March 2019
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Autor: Agro Negocios (Colombia)

“Cargill y los agricultores se unieron contra la deforestación”, 27 de febrero de 2019...

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Artigo
26 February 2019
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Autor: Alfred Wreh & Borwen L. Sayon, Daily Observer (Liberia)

“Gross Environmental Negligence’ in Gbanepea” 22 February 2019, Daily Observer...

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