Above Ground

Our latest work

Letters and Submissions
November 30, 2023
As COP28 gets underway in Dubai, Above Ground joins over one hundred climate justice, human rights and corporate accountability organizations from around the world in issuing an appeal to world leaders for bold climate action centred on corporate justice and prosperity for all.
November 29, 2023
Above Ground supported a delegation of Indigenous land defenders who visited Ottawa recently to speak with decision makers and the public about their experiences fighting TC Energy pipeline projects in their communities.
November 10, 2023
New investigations are highlighting once again the rampant use of forced labour globally. We’re working with civil society partners to urge immediate action by countries like Canada to halt and prevent this abuse.
November 6, 2023
Above Ground is tracking the details of complaints to the CORE regarding alleged human rights abuses linked to Canadian companies. Here we list cases that are under investigation or for which information is publicly known. We will update the list with new information as it is released.
September 26, 2023
Join us in Ottawa on Oct. 16 for a public talk with Indigenous delegates from communities in Mexico and Wet'suwet'en territory fighting TC Energy pipeline projects. Hear how they're pushing back in defence of their land against these pipelines being built by TC Energy with support from the Canadian government.
Letters and Submissions
September 22, 2023
With signs that EDC may be backtracking on its commitments regarding Canada's policy to restrict fossil fuel finance abroad, we're calling for regulations to make the rules legally binding.
Articles and Op-eds
August 10, 2023
The global seafood industry is rife with worker abuse, and we need comprehensive measures to stop companies profiting from it, write Georgina Alonso of Above Ground and Bea Bruske of the Canadian Labour Congress in this Hill Times op-ed.
August 4, 2023
Ottawa is poised to end a significant component of its support for fossil fuel companies. It has unveiled its criteria to identify "inefficient" subsidies that must end. Left intact, however, are billions of dollars in financing for oil and gas firms, and a phase-out plan for this support is facing delay.
Reports, Case Studies and Backgrounders
July 25, 2023
Amidst increasing awareness of Canadian ties to forced labour overseas, Ottawa is being urged to make better use of legal tools to attack the problem. In this brief, we take stock of Canada's existing legislation and policies related to forced labour in international supply chains, and how they are — or aren't — being enforced.

A human rights and corporate accountability project

Above Ground strives to ensure that companies based in Canada or supported by the Canadian state respect human rights worldwide. We shed light on companies’ impacts abroad, and we advance solutions for accountability and access to justice in Canada.

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Above Ground is funded entirely by charitable grants and donations. Your contribution allows us to continue our work holding companies to account.