• 9 August 2018

    5 Benefits of Engaging in a Facilitated Dialogue Process: the Case of Myronivsky Hliboproduct

    By Caitlin Daniel, Accountability Counsel
    In June 2018, villagers from the Vinnytsia region of Ukraine filed complaints to the independent accountability offices of the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) about harmful impacts from an industrial chicken farm run by Myronivsky Hliboproduct (MHP). Community members have asked the accountability offices to facilitate a Dispute Resolution process to allow them to negotiate solutions directly with MHP. When both parties come to the table ready to participate in a meaningful way, a dispute resolution can serve as a valuable opportunity for companies, as well as the communities impacted by its operations. Here are five reasons why MHP stands to benefit from a dispute resolution with local community members.
  • 9 August 2018

    Press Release: Communities in Lamjung district (Nepal) demand Free, Prior, and Informed Consent (FPIC) on International Day of Indigenous Peoples

    By LAHURNIP & Accountability Counsel
    On August 9, 2018, International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, Indigenous communities in Lamjung district, Nepal are demanding that the 220 kV Marsyangdi Corridor transmission line project respect their rights and seek their Free, Prior, and Informed Consent (FPIC). The communities, through the FPIC & Rights Forum, and supporting organizations, have sent a letter to the European Investment Bank (EIB), which is funding the project.
  • 2 August 2018

    Press Release: Experts Call on Supreme Court to Reverse Decision Protecting IFC’s Absolute Immunity

    Accountability Counsel is pleased to submit a joint amicus brief before the U.S. Supreme Court in support of the Indian fishing communities and farmers who are challenging the International Finance Corporation (IFC)’s claim to absolute immunity in Jam v. IFC. We are submitting the amicus brief together with Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL), Center for Constitutional Rights, the Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations (SOMO), Global Witness, Inclusive Development International (IDI), International Accountability Project (IAP), Dr. Erica Gould, and Jennifer Green.
  • 26 July 2018

    Ukrainian agribusiness giant MHP responds to media coverage of community complaints

    By Caitlin Daniel, Accountability Counsel
    Ukrainian news outlet Bihus.info recently aired an episode of “Our Money with Denis Biggus” featuring complaints filed by local community members about the operations of Myronivsky Hliboproduct’s (MHP) Vinnytsia Poultry Farm. Accountability Counsel, together with the CEE Bankwatch Network and Ecoaction, supported these community complaints.
  • 20 July 2018

    Accountability Counsel, C20 Call on G20 to Improve Access to Remedy in Infrastructure Development Projects

    By Kindra Mohr & Diana Kearney, Accountability Counsel
    In anticipation of the upcoming G20 meetings in Argentina, Accountability Counsel has been collaborating with civil society partners as part of the C20 coalition around the impacts of investment and infrastructure on human rights. The C20 Investment and Infrastructure working group has released a statement calling on G20 countries to approach infrastructure development finance in a manner that respects the voices and human rights of the communities affected by these projects. While recognizing that building sound infrastructure remains vital to economic development, the statement presses the G20 to protect the human rights of local communities, and ensure that funding flows do not contribute to climate change.
  • 15 June 2018

    MHP Complaint Found Eligible by the World Bank’s Accountability Office, the CAO

    By Caitlin Daniel, Accountability Counsel
    Today, the International Finance Corporation’s (IFC) accountability office, the Compliance Advisor Ombudsman (CAO), notified community members in the central Ukraine region of Vinnytsia that their complaint about the ‘largest poultry farm in Europe’ is eligible. Three communities affected by the massive poultry operation recently filed complaints to the World Bank’s IFC and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), criticizing the lack of transparency and surrounding environmental and health risks posed by the project. The CAO will now begin its assessment process, during which it will work with complainants and other stakeholders to determine how the complaint will proceed.
  • 5 June 2018

    Complaints Filed Today About Ukrainian Agribusiness Giant, MHP

    By Caitlin Daniel, Accountability Counsel
    Today, three communities in the central Ukraine region of Vinnytsia filed complaints to the World Bank and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) criticizing the lack of transparency and surrounding environmental and health risks posed by the ‘largest poultry farm in Europe’. Together with CEE Bankwatch and Kyiv-based Ecoaction, Accountability Counsel is supporting these communities throughout the complaint process.
  • 21 May 2018

    U.S. Supreme Court to Hear World Bank Immunity Case

    Today, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear Jam v. IFC, which will consider whether the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation (IFC) and other similar international organizations are immune from lawsuits in U.S. courts. The blanket immunity that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit affirmed last year invites impunity for international organization conduct, even in egregious cases of human rights and environmental abuses.
  • 27 April 2018

    Nine Years of Neglect: Deaths on Indian Tea Estates under the World Bank’s Watch

    By Accountability Counsel, PAD, PAJHRA, & Nazdeek
    Today, two local groups from Assam, India sent a letter to the World Bank Group’s independent complaint office, the Compliance Advisor Ombudsman (CAO), highlighting that the Bank’s neglect over the last nine years has contributed to deaths and injuries on tea plantations in the North-East of the country. Exactly nine years ago, on April 27, 2009, the World Bank invested in Amalgamated Plantations Private Limited (APPL), one of India’s largest tea producers. APPL is majority owned by the Tata Group and has 25 tea plantations in Assam and West Bengal.
  • 24 January 2018

    Starting Up Successfully

    By Natalie Bridgeman Fields, Accountability Counsel
    Our board chair, Kathleen Kelly Janus, recently published a book titled, “Social Startup Success,” on how successful, change-minded entrepreneurs scale and sustain their ideas in order to fill market and social gaps and change the world. We have been fortunate to have Kathleen as a part of our leadership from the beginning. She’s sharing many of the insights we’ve benefitted from in her new book.
  • 19 December 2017

    Open Letter to Salvador Alejandro Menéndez García, Mayor of San Luis Talpa, El Salvador

    By Lani Inverarity, Accountability Counsel
    Today, representatives of the communities of Fontibón in Bogotá, Colombia wrote an open letter to the mayor of San Luis de Talpa in El Salvador where an airport expansion project is underway. The residents of Fontibón live adjacent to the El Dorado International Airport in Bogotá, which was expanded through investment by the Inter-American Development Bank.
  • 14 December 2017

    Accountability Counsel Welcomes Silicon Valley Innovative Leader Paru Yusuf to Board of Directors

    San Francisco – Accountability Counsel, a legal organization that advocates for people harmed by internationally financed projects, today announced that Paru Yusuf, a strategist and advisor on education, youth development, economic empowerment and innovative social venture models, will join the organization’s board of directors.
  • 7 December 2017

    Accountability Counsel’s Year in Review

    By Sydney Speizman, Accountability Counsel
    We’re excited to share our annual report with important milestones – made possible by our incredible supporters. This year we courageously advocated for dignity and justice for our thousands of clients around the world.
  • 5 December 2017

    Advocating for Corporate Accountability at the United Nations

    Accountability Counsel advocated for improved accountability for corporations at the 2017 United Nations in Geneva during the annual UN Forum on Business and Human Rights in late November. In line with this year’s theme “Realizing Access to Effective Remedy,” our team participated in panels and discussions to demonstrate the obstacles communities face as they seek justice and tangible remedy for abuse they have suffered at the hands of corporations and their international financiers.
  • 29 November 2017

    Dismiss Intimidation, Not Civil Protests

    On November 28, Greenpeace, BankTrack and other civil society organizations that supported the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe during their protest of the Dakota Access Pipeline, filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit brought against them by pipeline builder Energy Transfer Partners. The court should dismiss this case, especially in light of recent reports that Energy Transfer hired an outside firm to build the case against the groups standing with the tribe.
  • 27 November 2017

    Are National Contact Points Improving Through Peer Review?

    By Accountability Counsel, OECD Watch, & International Corporate Accountability Roundtable
    As corporate accountability organizations, one of our most important goals is to ensure that the offices that facilitate access to remedy for those harmed by corporations continue to grow and develop.
  • 22 November 2017

    Accountability Counsel Statement on Imrana Jalal Appointment to Inspection Panel

    As advocates for people who seek justice through independent accountability mechanisms, Accountability Counsel is pleased to see the World Bank Inspection Panel has announced that Imrana Jalal will fill the opening on the panel left by Dr. Zeinab Bashir El Bakri after the completion of her term earlier this year. We welcome…
  • 6 November 2017

    Assam Tea Plantations: Advocates Deliver 67,000 Signatures to World Bank Group

    On November 6, 2017, Accountability Counsel, together with Human Rights Watch, PAJHRA, PAD, and Nazdeek, delivered a Care2 petition with more than 67,000 signatures to the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the World Bank’s private sector arm. The petition calls on the IFC to fulfill its commitment to protect workers through its investment…
  • 18 October 2017

    What Partnering with Communities Teaches Us About Civic Tech: The World Bank Group’s “Barriers and Accountability” Opportunity

    By Natalie Bridgeman Fields, Accountability Counsel
    The bank’s strategy rightly notes that civic engagement outcomes are “highly context-specific and sensitive to governments’ and citizens’ capacity and willingness to engage, as well as to social, political, economic, environmental, cultural, geographic, and other factors, such as gender dynamics.” When it comes to civic tech, there are often multiple barriers to meaningful engagement.
  • 27 September 2017

    Time to Unleash the Power of the U.S. National Contact Point

    The United States National Contact Point (U.S. NCP) is meant to act as a complaint mechanism where people harmed by American companies’ activities and operations can bring grievances. Each member country adhering to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises (OECD Guidelines) is required to have an NCP office to further the effectiveness of the OECD Guidelines. As part of fulfilling this duty, the U.S. NCP handles complaints about alleged breaches of the OECD Guidelines and provides a platform for mediation of disputes.