Above Ground works to ensure that companies based in Canada or supported by the Canadian state respect human rights wherever they operate. We shed light on the impacts of Canadian business activity abroad and advance solutions for corporate accountability in Canada. We encourage the Canadian government to fulfill its legal duty to protect against human rights abuse by the private sector and to provide access to justice for victims of such abuse.
What we do
Research and analysis
We conduct in-depth research and present credible, well-documented analyses of the human rights impacts of Canadian companies’ overseas operations and the legal context in which they operate.
Collaboration and convening
We work in close collaboration with other human rights advocates in Canada and internationally. We contribute legal and policy expertise to several civil society coalitions, and bring together key players to facilitate information exchange, analysis and coordinated action.
Through our publications, media outreach and engagement with civil society leaders and policy makers, we build awareness and facilitate informed debate about transnational business and human rights.
We develop and promote policy recommendations to advance corporate accountability in Canada. For instance, as a member of the Canadian Network on Corporate Accountability we’re helping shape policy proposals to improve access to remedy for people harmed by Canadian companies abroad. We’re building momentum towards the adoption of policy and legal frameworks that compel companies to respect human rights in their operations worldwide.
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