Above Ground works to ensure that companies based in Canada or supported by the Canadian state respect human rights and the environment 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 produce in-depth research and analysis of the human rights impacts of Canadian companies’ overseas operations, the legal context in which they operate, and Canada’s legal duties relating to business and human rights.
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Collaboration and convening
We work in close collaboration with other human rights advocates in Canada and internationally. We contribute subject matter expertise on legal and policy issues to several civil society coalitions, and convene key players to facilitate informed analysis and coordinated action on business and human rights.
For instance, in partnership with the International Corporate Accountability Roundtable, in 2017 we brought together nearly 150 participants from government, business, academia, the legal profession and civil society to explore international developments in corporate accountability and opportunities for Canada to become 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.
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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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