Writing in the Business and Human Rights Journal, our director Karyn Keenan relates how promises of a robust watchdog to investigate complaints against Canadian multinationals gave way to an office that lacks the powers to do its job.
Eight claims containing allegations of environmental or human rights abuse related to the overseas operations of Canadian extractive companies have been filed in Canadian courts. This document provides a summary of these eight lawsuits, their implications, and the challenges presented by transnational lawsuits of this nature.
Last week EDC announced that a review of its support for an SNC-Lavalin project in Angola cleared its staff of any wrongdoing. Yet the review process raises more questions than it answers.
While other public institutions pull out of fossil fuels, Canada's export credit agency continues to bankroll oil companies — including those expanding production in one of the world's most emissions-intensive oil fields.
Warnings of corruption and social and environmental harm accompanied the Hidroituango venture from its earliest days. Yet Canada’s export credit agency helped make the project happen, with a $466-million loan to EPM, the company developing the dam.
Over the past decade Kinross Gold has dramatically expanded its Morro do Ouro mine, displacing traditional communities in the process. Despite these abuses, Kinross Gold remains a frequent client of Canada's export bank.