Justice and security

Recommendations: Enhancing corporate environmental responsibility in conflict-affected settings (EN, FR, ES)

Conflict and Environment Observatory

Corporations contribute to environmental harm in conflict-affected areas in numerous ways, including through the unsustainable exploitation of natural resources and the circulation of arms, enabling wildlife crime and poaching. The activities of corporations can also undermine the environmental security of communities, in turn posing threats to human security, and triggering local disputes that impede peace-building. The report ‘Enhancing corporate environmental responsibility in conflict-affected settings’, upon which these recommendations are based, sought to reconceptualise environmental protection during and after conflicts as a key component for the field of Security and Rule of Law. As a follow-up to this report, we developed policy recommendations addressed and tailored to both states and corporations based on the findings from the report and we urge both actors to meaningfully engage with them. The recommendations are presented here in English, French and Spanish. In our view, and if implemented in full, the recommendations could significantly enhance the environmental conduct of corporate actors in conflict-affected and fragile states. 

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