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 well-documented analyses of the human rights impacts of Canadian companies’ overseas operations, the legal context in which they operate, and Canada’s international legal duties relating to business and human rights.
Collaboration and convening
We work in close collaboration with other human rights advocates in Canada and internationally, contributing subject matter expertise on legal and policy issues to several civil society coalitions. We also bring together key players to facilitate information exchange, analysis and coordinated action. For instance, in partnership with the International Corporate Accountability Roundtable, we brought together nearly 150 participants from government, business, academia, the legal profession and civil society in September 2017 to explore ground-breaking international developments in corporate accountability and opportunities for Canada to emerge as a leader in this field.
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. With this work, 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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