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Calling for public registry to shed light on ownership of companies and trusts

In this letter, Above Ground joins more than 20 organizations in calling on the Canadian government to establish a public registry of the beneficial owners of companies and trusts. By taking this action, Canada will show national and global leadership in efforts to curtail the use of anonymous companies to hide tax evasion, money laundering, fraud and business activities that undermine basic human rights.

9 December 2016|Categories: Letters|Tags: , |

New mechanisms needed to prevent and remedy harm by multinational companies

A government process established in 2000 to advance responsible multinational business conduct is failing to prevent or remedy human rights abuse by Canadian companies operating overseas, according to a report released today by Above Ground, MiningWatch Canada and OECD Watch.

15 November 2016|Categories: Press Releases|Tags: , |

“Canada is Back.” But Still Far Behind

Since 2000, Canada has maintained a National Contact Point (NCP) responsible for promoting multinational companies’ adherence to guidelines for responsible business conduct developed by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). This report assesses the NCP’s performance to date, particularly with regard to harm prevention and access to remedy.

15 November 2016|Categories: Publications|Tags: , , |

Precedent-setting decision grants foreign plaintiffs their day in court

A lawsuit filed against Canadian company Nevsun Resources is set to proceed in Canadian courts. The case involves allegations that the company used slave labour at its mine in Eritrea. In a ruling released today, the Supreme Court of British Columbia rejected Nevsun’s argument that Eritrean courts would be a more appropriate forum for the claim.

6 October 2016|Categories: Other News|Tags: , , |
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