Useful Links

Please note that the following descriptions are those of the website of the concerned entities

BankTrack is the global network of civil society groups tracking the operations and investments of private sector banks (commercial banks) and their effect on people and the planet. BankTrack members share the ambition to help contribute to a private financial sector accountable to society at large, whose operations contribute to creating healthy and just societies and preserve the ecological well being of the planet.

The Bank Information Center (BIC) partners with civil society in developing and transition countries to influence the World Bank and other international financial institutions (IFIs) to promote social and economic justice and ecological sustainability. BIC is an independent, non-profit, non-governmental organization that advocates for the protection of rights, participation, transparency, and public accountability in the governance and operations of the World Bank Group and regional development banks.

Bretton Woods Project
The Bretton Woods Project envisions a global economic system that operates on the primary principles of justice, equity, human rights and environmental sustainability, with international institutions that are democratic, transparent, accountable, and responsive to the poorest and most vulnerable citizens.
The project focuses on the World Bank and the IMF to challenge their power, open policy space, and promote alternative approaches. We do this because these institutions are influential funders, proponents and enforcers of economic and development policies, and global opinion formers.
We serve as an information provider, watchdog, networker and advocate. We provide information for the benefit of civil society groups, official institutions, research institutes, governments and parliaments across the world. The project acts as a network hub in the UK and works with civil society – in Europe and internationally – to change the Bank and the Fund.

Business for Social Responsibility (BSR) is a global nonprofit business network dedicated to sustainability. BSR’s role is to catalyze change within business by integrating sustainability into strategy and operations, and to promote collaboration among companies and their stakeholders for systemic progress toward a just and sustainable world.

Business and Human Rights
Business & Human Rights Resource Centre is the only non-profit organization drawing attention to the human rights impacts (positive & negative) of over 5100 companies, operating in over 180 countries. Our website is relied on by businesspeople, advocates, governments, investors and the UN. We expose reality in a field too often dominated by rhetoric, and help protect vulnerable people and communities against abuses. We also provide guidance materials and examples of good practice.

CEE BankWatch Network
CEE Bankwatch Network is an international non-governmental organisation (NGO) with member organisations from countries across central and eastern Europe (CEE). We monitor the activities of international financial institutions (IFIs) which operate in the region and promote environmentally, socially and economically sustainable alternatives to their policies and projects.

Since 1989, the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) has worked to strengthen and use international law and institutions to protect the environment, promote human health, and ensure a just and sustainable society. With offices in Washington, DC and Geneva, CIEL’s staff of international attorneys provide legal counsel and advocacy, policy research and capacity building in the areas of: Biodiversity, Chemicals, Climate Change, Human Rights and the Environment, International Financial Institutions, Law and Communities, Trade and Sustainable Development.

The Environmental Justice Organisations, Liabilities and Trade is an FP7 project supported by the European Commission that will run from 2011-2015. The project supports the work of Environmental Justice Organisations, uniting scientists, activist organisations, think-tanks, policy-makers from the fields of environmental law, environmental health, political ecology, ecological economics, to talk about issues related to Ecological Distribution. Central concepts are Ecological Debts (or Environmental Liabilities) and Ecologically Unequal Exchange. We focus on the use of these concepts in science and in environmental activism and policy-making.

European Coalition for Corporate Justice
The European Coalition for Corporate Justice (ECCJ) promotes corporate accountability (CA) by bringing together national platforms of civil society organizations (CSOs) including NGOs, trade unions, consumer advocacy groups and academic institutions from all over Europe. ECCJ represents over 250 CSOs present in 15 European countries such as FIDH and national chapters of Oxfam, Greenpeace, Amnesty International and Friends of the Earth. ECCJ believes CA and also Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) mechanisms should be based on international legal frameworks and principles, serving as the foundation for and of corporate justice. Overall, ECCJ aims to increase European co-operation among NGOs working on CA. The coalition seeks to raise public awareness about the role of the European Union (EU) in regulating companies both in and outside the EU.

Multinationals Observatory
Online resources and in-depth investigations on the social, ecological and political impact of French transnational corporations. The Multinationals Observatory aims to provide independent and comprehensive information, with a democratic, social and environmental perspective, in a way that is useful for the action of civil society, MPs, businesspeople and communities.

OECD Watch
OECD Watch is an international network of civil society organisations promoting corporate accountability, with more than 80 members in 45 countries. The purpose of OECD Watch is to inform the wider NGO community about policies and activities of the OECD’s Investment Committee and to test the effectiveness of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises. OECD Watch aims to ensure that business activity contributes to sustainable development and poverty eradication and that corporations are held accountable for their impacts around the globe. In the absence of a globally binding framework for corporate accountability, the OECD Guidelines are one of the few mechanisms available for holding corporations to account for their international operations.

One World Trust
The One World Trust is an independent charity that conducts research, develops recommendations and advocates for reform to make policy and decision-making processes in global governance more accountable to the people they affect now and in the future, and to ensure that international laws are strengthened and applied equally to all. To achieve this we develop practical tools and recommendations in support of organisational reform, identifying gaps in the accountability of governance systems, and highlighting opportunities for cross-sector learning.

The Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations (SOMO) is an independent, not-for-profit research and network organisation working on social, ecological and economic issues related to sustainable development. Since 1973, the organisation investigates multinational corporations and the consequences of their activities for people and the environment around the world.
See also SOMO’s Human Rights and Grievance Mechanisms programme.

Sherpa, association loi 1901 basée à Paris, a été créée en 2001 en vue de protéger et défendre les populations victimes de crimes économiques. L’association rassemble des juristes et des avocats venus de divers horizons, et travaille en étroite collaboration avec de nombreuses organisations de la société civile à travers le monde. Convaincue que le droit constitue un outil précieux pour agir en faveur du développement, Sherpa a choisi de mettre ses compétences et son savoir-faire juridiques au service de la réalisation des Objectifs du Millénaire pour le Développement (ODM).