ENVIRONMENTAL, SOCIAL AND GOVERNANCE (ESG) ADVISORY GROUP ON COCOA, OIL PALM AND MINING
Tropical landscapes across Africa face multiple threats from mining, oil, and gas extraction and massive infrastructure projects in the next few decades. Across Africa, governments and investors are teaming up on huge regional development projects to build roads, railways, port facilities, and waterways. Their goal is to access areas deep within the forest that are rich with known and potential mineral, oil, coal, and natural gas reserves along with other natural resources.
Civil Society networks such as Friends of the Earth-Africa, GRAIN, the Our Land is Our Life platform, FIDEP Foundation and Young Volunteers for Environment (YVE) have been working on regional and local campaigns to expose and challenge the adverse social, gender, climate and environmental impacts as well as human right violations linked to industrial agribusinesses, mining and other extractives in Africa. Human Rights, Corporate Governance, Financial Flows and the Environment issues must be mainstreamed, in addition to enforcing the compulsory environmental and social impact assessments that are explicitly required by law.
ESG Advisory Group
ON COCOA, OIL PALM
Our capacity building processes focus on developing bespoke tools, methods and practices to ensure the effects of oil and as exploitation in Africa does not threaten the livelihoods of communities or biodiversity needs. Our core tools include Outcome Mapping, Result Oriented Monitoring, Evaluation, Learning and Impact Assessment approaches. These tools support continuous learning and self-reflection, thus improving effectiveness in achieving outcomes and impacts.
We believe that the lack of transparency of action is undermining the reliability of the mechanisms such as RSPO, EITI, REDD+ Cocoa. Reliable, transparent, and comprehensive information on the impacts of oil palm, mining and cocoa and redress actions forms an essential basis for understanding community sustainability status, the efficiency of existing redress actions, and the progress that has already been made. Get The ESG Advisory Group on Cocoa, Mining and Oil Palm. Find out more here