Power Dynamics in the Extractives Sector

by Alicia Aleman Arrastio and Ferdinand Muhigirwa SJ In the extractive sector, there is always a power dynamics between the following different stakeholders: multinational companies, businesses and investors, local authorities, workers and their representatives, international supply chains with their various intermediaries, and consumers of goods. Furthermore, these powers need to be considered in the context … More Power Dynamics in the Extractives Sector

Trump and the Extractive Industries

By Guillermo Otano, Conflict-Free Technology Campaign, ALBOAN Foundation The extractive industries have traditionally been one of the least transparent sectors in today’s globalized economy, already opaque for the average person. Extractive industries include businesses and operations engaged in “the exploration, extraction, sale, processing and other significant activities relating to oil, natural gas or minerals”. Many … More Trump and the Extractive Industries

Against All Odds – the Perils of Fighting for Natural Resource Justice

(A Review of the CIVICUS/PYWP report by Alicia Aleman Arrastio) According to a recent report by the World Alliance for Citizen Participation (CIVICUS) and the global coalition Publish What You Pay (PWYP), the fight for justice in mining is becoming increasingly perilous as democracy is weakening worldwide. International solidarity is more necessary than ever: we … More Against All Odds – the Perils of Fighting for Natural Resource Justice

Jesuits Support Campaign for Canadian Ombudsman on Mining

Jesuit organisations around the world have lent their weight to a campaign in support of the creation of a Canadian ombudsman office to receive complaints concerning the overseas operations of Canadian extractive companies. The Canadian government has previously indicated it is giving serious consideration to establishing such an office. The campaign is being spearheaded by … More Jesuits Support Campaign for Canadian Ombudsman on Mining

Educational Material Exposes the War Concealed in Our Electronic Devices

(By Boshra Yazahmeidi) Teachers of primary and secondary school as well as adult education programs now have access to engaging content, exercises, and activities that raise student awareness of the origins of the products they consume. The main products under focus in these educational materials are mobile phones, tablets, and computers. What many don’t know … More Educational Material Exposes the War Concealed in Our Electronic Devices

Human Rights Case Proceeds for World’s Largest Carbon Emitters

(by Boshra Yazahmeidi) The Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines (CHR) made history in July by calling an investigation into the human rights violations of 47 of the world’s largest cement, oil, coal, and mining companies through their contribution to climate change. As part of the investigation, the CHR requested the companies to comment … More Human Rights Case Proceeds for World’s Largest Carbon Emitters