BUSINESS & HUMAN RIGHTS

Global and National Advocacy Work on Corporate Accountability

1. Advocacy with Africa Coalition for Corporate Accountability (ACCA)
African Law Foundation (AFRILAW) started working in the field of business and human rights in Africa through the promotion for the creation of the Africa Coalition for Corporate Accountability (ACCA) in 2013. AFRILAW is a founding member of ACCA, and Mr. Okereke Chinwike is a member of the Access To Remedy Working Group of the ACCA.

AFRILAW Director at the 2016 AGM of ACCA held at Center for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, South Africa.
AFRILAW Director at the 2016 AGM of ACCA held at Center for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, South Africa.

The African Coalition for Corporate Accountability (ACCA) was launched with the support of Global Rights in November 2013. ACCA is a coalition of 116 organisations from 31 African countries which supports African communities and individuals whose human rights are adversely impacted daily by the activities of corporations, both multi-national and domestic. ACCA’s vision is a continent where communities’ right to development is fulfilled and their agency to fully participate in the exercise of this right is respected. ACCA envision an Africa where human rights are promoted, protected, and respected by business and governments, and victims and affected communities of human rights violations have access to adequate and effective remedies. ACCA’s mission is facilitating an alliance that crosses borders and creates a strong and united African network of civil society organisations and communities. The coalition seeks the protection and promotion of human rights in relation to business activity.

The ACCA provides a regional platform to share information and knowledge among its Members and communities and between ACCA and other coalitions and organisations.

For Clarification
Contact: Mr. Damian, ACCA Coordinator.

Email:
coordinator@accahumanrights.orgaccacoordinator@gmail.com. See
http://www.accahumanrights.org/en/members.


2. Advocacy with Nigeria CSOs Coalition on Business and Human Rights:
AFRILAW Director, Mr. Okereke Chinwike is a Steering Committee member of the Nigeria CSOs Coalition on Business and Human Rights and works in collaboration with other members to promote corporate accountability and justice in Nigeria. The Coalition was initiated during the LITE-Africa project in 2013.

AFRILAW Director at the Nigeria CSOs on Business and Human Rights Steering Committee meeting held in Port Harcourt Nigeria in 2015.
AFRILAW Director at the Nigeria CSOs on Business and Human Rights Steering Committee meeting held in Port Harcourt Nigeria in 2015.

However, the Coalition is still in its formative and structural stage and has since 2015 not be operational.


3. Promoting Voluntary Principles on Security & Human Rights in Nigeria:
As a member of the Steering Committee of the Nigeria CSOs Coalition on Business and Human Rights, AFRILAW works with the Leadership Initiative for Transformation and Empowerment (LITE Africa) in collaboration with National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) to implement the Project “Voluntary Principles on Security & Human Rights in Nigeria Call-to- Action” in 2015, and also national project entitled “Strengthening CSOs capacity to promoting Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights as an Accountability tool in Nigeria”- VPs Accountability Project in partnership with the Catholic Organization for Relief and Development Aid (CORDAID) in 2014.

4. Promoting Corporate Accountability and Water Rights in Nigeria with Corporate Accountability International
AFRILAW participated in the Corporate Accountability International “Our Water, Our Rights Campaign is a movement to uphold the human right to water and challenge corporate control of water in Lagos State of Nigeria. Lagos Water Corporation pursuing multiple concessions and other corporate contracts, including a 25-year concession for the Adiyan II project and a public privatepartnership (PPP) for the Odomola project with funding from the World Bank. The Campaign is to engage with the World Bank to stop promoting water privatization under the disguise of public private partnerships (PPPs). As a result of the Campaign the World Bank suspended the proposed funding of the PPP. The Lagos State Government halted the implementation of the damaging environment bill recently passed by the Lagos State Assembly; withdrew current efforts to secure corporate concessions and contracts in the water sector and got committed to public funding of water and ensure robust and accountable democratic process for implementing any legislation relating to water and sanitation.

For Clarification contact: Ms. Jane Dimnwaobi. Email:
jdimnwaobi@stopcorporateabuse.org.  https://www.stopcorporateabuse.org.

5. Promoting Human Rights and Business Country Guide in Nigeria with the Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR),Denmark
AFRILAW is partnering with the Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR) for the “Strengthening Nigeria Business and Human Rights Framework Using the Human Rights and Business Country Guide Approach (Nigeria Country Guide) Project.” The Human Rights and Business Country Guide: The Country Guide provides country-specific guidance to help companies respect human rights and raise awareness of human rights issues. The Human Rights and Business Country Guide is the only freely available website that provides comprehensive information on how businesses impact human rights. DIHR has worked with local partners in more than 15 countries to research private-sector human rights impacts and provide recommendations to companies on how to avoid those impacts. Each Country Guide includes systematic information on human rights issues like child labour, occupational health and safety, environmental damage and revenue transparency.

Together with our local partners, DIHR works to make sure that every actor in the local economy is empowered to use this information to avoid negative impacts and contribute to sustainable development. The Country Guide provides country-specific guidance to help companies respect human rights and raise awareness of human rights issues. For companies to manage their human rights impacts, they need information about the context in which they operate. Governments and other stakeholders also need an objective overview of business-related issues in their countries to design strategies to address those impacts. DIHR works with local partners in more than 15 countries to provide information and recommendations to companies on how to adapt their operations to the local political and economic environment. The Human Rights and Business Country Guide is a partnership initiative hosted by the Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR), Denmark in collaboration with partners around the world.

For Clarification: See www.humanrightsbusiness.org.
Contact: Mr. Dirk Hoffmann. Email: diho@humanrights.dk.

6. Building Skills and Capacity Development on Business and Human Rights
1. Short Course on Business and Human Rights

7. Promoting Human Rights in Development Financing Campaign with Coalition for Human Rights in Development
AFRILAW is a member of the Coalition for Human Rights in Development, and partnership with and funding from the Coalition AFRILAW collaborated other members of the Coalition, COMPPART Foundation and Justice and Empowerment Initiative to organize and held a Strategy Meeting on World Bank Safeguard on 17th December 2015 in Abuja, Nigeria and promoted a human rights compliance Safeguard during the World Bank Nigeria Consultation on December 18th , 2015. Coalition members around the world engaged in consultations, developed analysis and case studies, and conducted advocacy with government officials and World Bank staff and directors including in Nigeria.

For clarification contact: Coalition for Human Rights in Development See our Statement
onhttp://rightsindevelopment.org/news/nigerian-groups-demand-human-rights-at-world-bank/?lang=nigerian-groups-
demand-human-rights-at-world-bank. For Clarification contact: Ms. Gretchen Gordon, Coordinator, Coalition for Human
Rights in Development, USA. Email: ggordon@rightsindevelopment.org

8. Improving Access to Corporate Justice and Grievance Mechanism with International Advocates Working Group (IAWG)
AFRILAW is a member of IAWG. The International Advocates’ Working Group (IAWG) is a global network of civil society organizations and individuals committed to ensuring that non-judicial grievance mechanisms deliver justice and accountability. IAWG members communicate regularly to share information, lessons learned, best practice and strategy around non-judicial grievance mechanisms. Accountability Counsel convenes an International Advocates’ Working Group (IAWG), a network of civil society organizations around the world, and is composed of organizations from all over the
world who work locally, regionally and globally on accountability issues.

For Clarification contact: Accountability Counsel, info@accountabilitycounsel.org. See http://www.accountabilitycounsel.org/resources/international-advocates-working-group

9. Improving Access to Corporate Justice and Grievance Mechanism with OECD Watch Network.
AFRILAW is a member of OECD Watch Network. OECD Watch is a global network with more than 100 members in 50 countries. Membership consists of a diverse range of civil society organisations bound together by their commitment to ensuring that business activity contributes to sustainable development and poverty eradication, and that corporations are held accountable for their actions around the globe. OECD Watch aims to ensure that business activity contributes to sustainable development and poverty eradication and those corporations are held accountable for their impacts around the globe. OECD Watch Network is been convened by Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations (SOMO), the Netherlands.

AFRILAW is part of the OECD Watch Network OECD Watch Campaign foron Effective Access to Remedy through NCPs
which started in October, 2017.

For Clarification contact: Email: info@oecdwatch.org. See https://www.oecdwatch.org/about-us/members.

10. Promoting Respect for Human Rights and Climate Protection by EPA Members through the Global ‘Equator Banks, Act!’ Campaign
AFRILAW is a member of the Core Group of the Global ‘Equator Banks, Act!’ campaign started in August 2017 and initiated by BankTrack. The Campaign is to call for reform of the EPA to include human rights, indigenous people’s rights protection and climate justice principles. The Equator Principles Annual Meeting 2017 was held on 24-25 October in São Paulo and was the largest ever, with more than 130 individuals representing 60 Equator Principles Financial Institutions (EPFIs), including 3 new adopters in attendance from key markets (inc. China, South Korea). At the end the Equator Principles Association (EPA) to start a full revision process of the Equator Principles (EP) within a period of 18months, and the Core Group has decided to engage further the EPA throughout the review process. There Nigeria Banks are members of the EPA.

For further information, contact Johan Frijns, director of BankTrack, email:johan@banktrack.org. www.equatorbanksact.org.


11. Advancing Corporate Accountability and Access To Remedy for Victims of Corporate Human Rights Abuses through Corporate Accountability and Remedy (CARE) Project
AFRILAW is initiating the Corporate Accountability and Remedy (CARE) Project to for the promotion of corporate accountability through improved access to remedy to the poor, vulnerable, marginalized and disadvantaged victims of corporate human rights abuses in Nigeria and across Africa.

For More Inquires, Partnership and Funding Support please contact: The Executive Director, African Law Foundation (AFRILAW), Enugu, Nigeria. Email: chinwikeglory@gmail.com, afrilawfoundation@gmail.com.


12. Promoting corporate accountability in infrastructure development and investment in Nigeria through the Nigeria Infrastructure Development Watch
AFRILAW is developing programmes on corporate accountability in infrastructure development and investmentin the key sectors of Power, Agriculture, ICT, Transportation, Trade & Investment, and Water development in Nigeria through the Nigeria Infrastructure Development Watch. The programmes of the Nigeria Infrastructure Development Watch will include policy advocacy, research and documentation, monitoring and reporting, awareness-raising/sensitization and training, community/CSO/NGOs mobilization and engagement.

For More Inquires, Partnership and Funding Support please contact: The Executive Director, African Law Foundation (AFRILAW), Enugu, Nigeria. Email: chinwikeglory@gmail.com, afrilawfoundation@gmail.com.

13. Helping Nigeria Business Enterprises and Companies to respect human rights in business operations and practices through the Human Rights Respecting Company Initiative (HURICORP)
The HURICORP is a proposed business and human rights support initiative of the African Law Foundation (AFRILAW) created to provide support and partnership with business/industry associations, companies and the SMEs to enable them adopt responsible business practices and fulfill their corporate responsibility to respect human rights in Nigeria. The Goal is to promote corporate responsibility to respect human rights by providing support and partnership with business/industry associations, companies and SMEs to integrate human rights in their business practices and operations and promote responsible business practices and corporate sustainability in Nigeria and across Africa.

For More Inquires, Partnership and Funding Support please contact: The Executive Director, African Law Foundation (AFRILAW), Enugu, Nigeria. Email: chinwikeglory@gmail.com, afrilawfoundation@gmail.com.

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