AFRICA From Top to Bottom – TOP 5 African Countries are Environmental Success Stories …

LESSON 1: Besides being all TOP environmental touristic destinations, these 5 Top African growing economies are diversifying their economies and direct many investments towards strategic environmental issues and sustainable growth. For instance Mauritius, spent millions on environmental sustainability projects, and the development of renewable energy, green jobs and sustainable infrastructure (1). LESSON 2: Oil Countries… Read More

Oct 7th,2013 – Soco’s exploration in Virunga violates OECD guidelines

WWF alleges British oil company violated environmental and human rights provisions in Virunga. Soco’s exploration in Virunga violates OECD guidelines, WWF alleges October 2013. WWF has filed a complaint alleging that British oil company Soco International PLC has breached international corporate social responsibility standards. WWF contends that, in the course of Soco’s oil exploration activities… Read More

Oil Companies, Spot the Difference: Who is Willing to take Unacceptable Shortcuts in Virunga?

Spot the Difference:  Who is Willing to take Unacceptable Shortcuts in Virunga? Extract from Bannon, Ian and Paul Collier book on Natural Resources and Violent Conflict: Options and Actions, “Chapter 8 –  Attracting Reputable Companies to Risky Environments: Petroleum and Mining Companies” . By John Bray Historically, junior companies have been more willing than major… Read More

How to support legally a Moratorium on Hydrocarbon Exploration and Exploitation in Virunga National Park: some principles

Principles that Support a Moratorium on Hydrocarbon Exploration and exploitation in PNAs 1. The interconnection of all living things What follows from the understanding of the interconnectedness of all beings inhabiting this planet is the understanding of the interdependence of rights. The expansion of the oil frontier effectively suspends the realisation of rights related to… Read More

Why businesses should assess human rights impacts from the outset of projects: #SOCO in #Virunga National Park, DRC – IPIS

IPIS Insights: Why businesses should assess human rights impacts from the outset of projects. SOCO International Oil Company in Virunga National Park, DRC SOCO International, a British oil company, is prospecting for oil in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Virunga National Park – a World Heritage Site. For the past year, their presence has been… Read More

Weekly Series – Corporate Respect for Human Rights #3: sustainability’s new black?

Corporate respect for human rights: Sustainability’s new black? Human rights used to be seen as a government issue, but with new UN standards, how can corporate support be sustained? The UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights means that companies have a responsibility to avoid human rights abuses resulting from their own activites or… Read More

1.000 Reasons Save Virunga: #22, I Will not Dance to your Beat

I will not dance to your beat I will not dance to your beat If you call plantations forests I will not sing with you if you privatize my water I will confront you with my fists If climate change means death to me but business to you I will expose your evil greed If… Read More

Weekly Series – Corporate Respect for Human Rights #1: DRC’s Human Rights Obligations and The Corporate Responsibility to Respect

Extract from Amnesty International’s last report on Mining and Human Rights in Katanga. The Democratic Republic of the Congo has some of the world’s most important mineral reserves. For more than a decade the extraction of these resources has been linked to conflict, human rights abuses and corruption. In the southern province of Katanga, people’s… Read More

July 15th, BREAKING NEWS: New cases of intimidation and arrests of local community leaders opposing oil exploration in Virunga NP

Local engagement program of SOCO International targeting the fisheries of Lake Edward: some individuals of the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (FARDC) identified, local populations taken hostage. Local civil society organizations working on conservation and protection of the Environment and Human Rights (CREF Network CREDDHO, IDPE, SOPR) condemn in the strongest manner… Read More

Mary Robinson: Human rights are good for business – lessons for DRC’s case?

By Grace Segran | July 26, 2008 Mary Robinson remains an uncompromising voice for human rights. The former Irish president and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights asserted the central importance of human rights in achieving a more just and sustainable future at the Net Impact conference here on sustainable prosperity, and explored with some 400 participants… Read More

Save Virunga: Oil, Poverty and Conflict Syndrome

 Oil/Poverty/Conflict Syndrome But the story gets worse. More than any other group of countries, oil and other mineral exporters demonstrate the perverse linkages between skewed economic performance, poverty, injustice, and conflict. Countries dependent on oil and other mineral wealth are far more likely to have civil wars than their resource-poor counterparts and war disproportionately harms the… Read More