• 29 May 2013

    Urging Policy Changes at the European Bank for Reconstruction & Development’s Accountability Office

    On May 29, 2013, Accountability Counsel submitted comments to the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) as part of their review of their accountability mechanism.  Our comments focused on improving the process of assessing complaints, transparency, and independence, and were joined by the organizations Both ENDS, Forest Peoples Programme, Gender Action, Pacific Environment, SOMO and Urgewald.
  • 22 May 2013

    Formation of International Advocates’ Working Group

    Accountability Counsel is convening an International Advocates’ Working Group, a network of civil society organizations around the world to share information, lessons learned, best practice and strategy around international accountability mechanisms.  More information will be coming soon!
  • 24 April 2013

    Major Oil Spill in Peru

    There has been another major Maple Energy oil spill in the Peruvian Amazon, Maple’s seventh spill since 2009.  Communities living along the Cachiyau creek are suffering from a spill of crude oil and produced waters.  We are calling on the IFC to take responsibility for yet another human and environmental disaster!  We have been working to support the communities of Nuevo Sucre and Canaan de Cachiyacu in their struggle to hold Maple and the IFC accountable since 2009.  Read more.
  • 21 April 2013

    Accountability Counsel’s Work in Liberia, Mongolia, Nepal and the US

    Accountability Counsel staff have just returned from our work in communities in Liberia and Mongolia, where we documented human rights and environmental abuses of a biomass company and trained nomadic herders challenging Rio Tinto.
  • 17 April 2013

    U.S. Supreme Court Limits Corporate Accountability, Increasing Importance of Accountability Counsel’s Work

    Today, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling limiting the ability of human rights victims to seek accountability for human rights abuses abroad.
  • 17 April 2013

    What Kiobel Means for Corporate Accountability

    By Natalie Bridgeman Fields Today, the U.S. Supreme Court harshly limited cases that may be brought in U.S. courts against corporations that commit human rights abuses abroad.  The Supreme Court’s Kiobel v Royal Dutch Petroleum decision has significant implications for our work at Accountability Counsel, where we assist victims of human rights…
  • 12 February 2013

    Civil Society Groups Demand That World Bank President Prevent an Environmental and Human Rights Disaster in Mongolia

    Today, Accountability Counsel and 30 other civil society organizations sent a letter to World Bank President Dr. Jim Yong Kim regarding the ongoing concerns and key recommendations related to the Oyu Tolgoi copper and gold mine in Mongolia’s South Gobi desert.
  • 1 February 2013

    UN Human Rights Council Cites Accountability Counsel’s Intervention in Geneva

    Today, the Chairperson of the UN Forum on Business and Human Rights, John Ruggie, release a Report of the Forum held at the UN in December 2012.  The proceedings cite Accountability Counsel’s intervention, noting that “it [is] unrealistic to assume that vulnerable communities could access international grievance mechanisms on their own, and noted that communities must be given every possible advantage to help them to be on equal footing with the company they are filing a complaint against.” Para. 53.
  • 18 January 2013

    OPIC Office of Accountability Responds to AC’s Campaign and Commits to Transparent Review

    In late 2012, as a direct result of Accountability Counsel’s work, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) Office of Accountability agreed to a public and transparent review of the policies governing their office.  To follow this victory for accountability and our work to ensure that the review is fair, please see our OPIC OA policy page.
  • 13 December 2012

    New Report Shows that the Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) of the Oyu Tolgoi Mine was ‘A Useless Sham’

    Today, OT Watch, Accountability Counsel and an international coalition of advocacy groups published a critique of Rio Tinto’s deeply flawed ESIA of its Oyu Tolgoi copper and gold mine in the South Gobi desert.
  • 13 December 2012

    New report shows World Bank tough talk on climate is just a mirage in Mongolia’s Gobi desert

    Just one week after its grim warning during the UN climate talks in Doha that the world is on a path towards a four degree-rise in global temperatures, the World Bank is set to approve financing for yet another coal plant. The plant will power a giant mining complex in…
  • 18 November 2012

    Our First Annual Report is Now Available!

    We are pleased to present Accountability Counsel’s first Annual Report, covering our work from our founding in 2009 to the end of our most recent fiscal year in August 2012.
  • 23 October 2012

    Panamanian Groups Demand Accountability for a Hydro Project that Threatens to Destroy a Major River

    Tomorrow, the Inter-American Development Bank (“IDB”) Board of Directors will discuss an audit report finding that an IDB hydroelectric power project violates Bank policy and threatens the life of a major river in Western Panama and the communities that depend on the river for survival.
  • 12 October 2012

    OPIC Management Makes Changes Due to AC’s Mexico Complaint

    The President of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) responded to the Compliance Appraisal Report of the Office of Accountability in our Mexico Cerro de Oro case.  OPIC Management agree that changes to OPIC practice are important to ensure social and environmental compliance with OPIC policy and to verify that project level grievance mechanisms function properly.  More on this important victory is found on our Cerro de Oro case page.
  • 24 September 2012

    World Bank and Others Poised to Invest in Rio Tinto’s Flawed Mongolian Mining Project

    Accountability Counsel and 5 other organizations filed a joint press release about planned international financing of the Oyu Tolgoi gold and copper mine in the South Gobi desert.
  • 5 September 2012

    UN Special Rapporteur Cites Maple Case in Report on Human Rights Violations by Extractive Industries

    The UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights obligations related to environmentally sound management and disposal of hazardous substances and waste issued a report in July focusing on the adverse human rights impacts of extractive industries.  The report cited our Peru case against Maple Energy as an example of violations to the rights to adequate health and life.  Read more about our Peru case here.
  • 24 August 2012

    Accountability Counsel comments on the CAO’s draft revised Operational Guidelines

    Accountability Counsel and 13 other organizations from around the world submitted joint comments to the Compliance Advisor/Ombudsman (“CAO”) regarding their draft revised Operational Guidelines.  Read more.
  • 31 July 2012

    Complaint Filed in Russian Strategic Support Case

    Today, with support from Accountability Counsel and Pacific Environment, Sakhalin Environment Watch filed a complaint on behalf of community members living adjacent to a highly polluting liquefied natural gas (“LNG”) plant and oil and gas export terminals.  The complaint was filed with the Dutch and UK National Contact Points (“NCPs”) against Royal Dutch Shell and three of the largest UK banks: Royal Bank of Scotland, Standard Chartered and Barclays.  Read the joint press release and learn more under the “Oil and Gas Development, Sakhalin Island, Russia” tab here.
  • 27 July 2012

    Read Natalie Fields’ interview with Righting Food

    Accountability Counsel’s Executive Director, Natalie Bridgeman Fields, discussed what communities can do when the World Bank finances land grabs with Kaitlin Y. Cordes, creator of the website Righting Food.
  • 17 July 2012

    Accountability Counsel comments on the Asian Development Bank’s Proposed Results-Based Financing

    On July 15, 2012, Accountability Counsel submitted comments voicing our concern that the Bank’s Results-Based Financing may weaken the application of its safeguard policies and limit accessibility to the ADB accountability mechanism.  Read our comments here.