"Accountability Counsel assists communities around the world to defend their environmental and human rights."

We hold corporate and institutional violators accountable through our dual approaches: direct support to communities and policy advocacy.


Accountability Counsel assists communities to defend their human and environmental rights through complaints to accountability offices tied to the projects that cause harm.  We assist communities with complaints requesting tools such as dispute resolution and compliance investigations.  We have supported communities in 21 countries, with achievements such as prevention of abuses (Mexico), redesign of projects to reflect community concerns (Papua New Guinea), and assisting communities to enter complex and fair dialogue processes with major mining companies (Mongolia)


Accountability Counsel advocates for independent, fair, transparent, accessible and effective accountability offices so that banks, corporations and institutions are held to the norms and standards to which they have agreed.  In just over five years, we have positively influenced accountability policy at every major international financial institution and two U.S. agencies. Our most active policy initiatives relate to the accountability of the World Bank Inspection PanelOPIC OA, and the OECD NCP.


Accountability Counsel provides various tools to assist communities in seeking redress for human rights and environmental violations by international financial institutions, export promotion agencies and private corporate actors.  Our most popular tool for use in trainings is our Accountability Resource Guide. We convene a Working Group of civil society groups who support community complaints and collect data regarding accountability policy and practice.

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