For 19 years, Global Witness has run pioneering campaigns against natural resource-related conflict and corruption and associated environmental and human rights abuses. From Cambodia to Congo, Sierra Leone to Angola, we have exposed the brutality and injustice that results from the fight to access and control natural resource wealth, and have sought to bring the perpetrators of this corruption and conflict to book.
Our work has revealed how, rather than benefiting a country’s citizens, abundant timber, diamonds, minerals, oil and other natural resources can incentivise corruption, destabilise governments, and lead to war. Through our investigations, advocacy and campaigning, we seek solutions to the ‘resource curse’ so that citizens of resource-rich countries can get a fair share of their country’s wealth.
24.05.2013 | Bill Oddie attending HSBC AGM to grill directors over role in Borneo rainforest destruction and corruption scandals as bank’...Naturalist and comedian Bill Oddie will today attend the HSBC annual general meeting to seek answers from the board of directors over the bank’s lending to companies destroying Borneo’s rainforest... read more
21.05.2013 | Danzer dropped by FSC over “unacceptable activities “in Congo; victims still await justiceGlobal Witness welcomes the decision by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) to dissociate itself from the Danzer Group, in light of accusations of human rights abuses in the Democratic Republic of Co... read more
13.05.2013 | International Finance Corporation and Deutsche Bank bankrolling Vietnamese land grabs in Cambodia and LaosThe International Finance Corporation (IFC) and Deutsche Bank are financing Vietnamese rubber companies driving a wave of land and forest "grabs" in Cambodia and Laos, according to a new report and fi... read more
Global Witness is attending Shell’s AGM in The Hague today to ask the company to drop its support for a lawsuit that aims to kill off vital a U.S. transparency law. While the UK uses its G8 Presiden... read more