We support communities to use their own power to demand
justice on equal footing with corporations and institutions.
We use the lessons from our community work to create
policy change to prevent future harm.
Making Rules Matter
We accompany communities as they hold corporations
and institutions to the global rules meant to protect their rights.
Exposing Patterns Through Data
We track and analyze how accountability offices
function to enable informed advocacy toward best practice.
Accountability Counsel amplifies the voices of communities around the world to protect their human rights and environment. As advocates for people harmed by internationally financed projects, we employ community driven and policy level strategies to access justice.
Our impact includes redesigned projects that now reflect community needs, harm stopped and prevented to defend water resources, and agreements resulting in compensation.
We advocate for the world's 66 accountability offices to be independent, transparent, fair, and effective. We have improved policy and practice at development institutions, U.N. agencies, and within the OECD.
We created and run the Accountability Console, a comprehensive database of community complaints filed with independent accountability mechanisms about the impacts of internationally financed projects.
14 April, 2021The industry needs to do a better job being accountable to communities directly impacted by projects, as individuals living near and working at investment sites bear the most risk if an investment has unintended environmental and social consequences, said Margaux Day, Policy Director at Accountability Counsel.
12 April, 2021
Accountability Counsel Contributes to UN Thematic Report on Climate Investment and the Right to DevelopmentThe United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Development (UNSR), Mr. Saad Alfarargi, is currently preparing his 2021 report to the UN General Assembly and the UN Human Rights Council on the theme of Climate change-related policies and projects from a right to development perspective. Accountability Counsel has contributed to this forthcoming report by submitting a comment letter that highlights the important nexus between climate investment, accountability, and the right to development, and discusses how to ensure that projects aimed at fighting the climate crisis do not negatively impact vulnerable communities.
26 March, 2021At Accountability Counsel, we stand with our allies in community-driven movements for justice. Today, Accountability Counsel joined a statement from our allies at Asian Americans Advancing Justice articulating a vision for a Community-Centered Response to Violence Against Asian American Communities.
25 March, 2021
This Tiny Fishing Town Was Poisoned By a Coal Plant. The Government Is Trying to Replace it With a Mine.When local communities complain about projects, their adversaries are powerful, and complaint structures can be incredibly opaque and burdensome.
17 March, 2021
A Step Towards Making ESG Commitments Matter: New Stakeholder Capitalism Metrics Require Communities’ InputThe new Stakeholder Capitalism Metrics, a product of a World Economic Forum and International Business Council initiative, are a voluntary set of ESG metrics that companies can use to guide environmental, social, and governance (ESG) reporting and measuring contributions towards the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Earlier this year, more than 60 companies took an important step in the right direction by committing to the Stakeholder Capitalism Metrics, including metrics that integrate the need for direct community feedback and effective grievance mechanisms to ascertain risks and respond to unintended impacts.