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Corporate Accountability

The Problem

Corporations across the globe are increasingly gaining more rights, yet have fewer and fewer responsibilities. We challenge the systems that allow corporations to exercise power and claim rights without accountability.

ERI's Solution 

We focus on major global actors, such as Chinese oversea investors and financiers, as well as emerging financial powers. Increased autonomy allows these emerging financial powers to invest precariously in developing countries and communities are at risk. The weak rule of law in many these countries allows corporations to operate freely and destructively, exploiting vulnerable communities without fear of impunity. The human cost of this lack of accountability is unacceptable.

We confront current systems of destructive development and exploitation and encourage structures that operate according to principles of human rights, environmental protection and justice.

Every year, as part of the Corporate Accountability Coalition, we publish the Congressional Report Card on corporate accountability. Other Coalition members include the Center for Corporate Policy, Corporate Accountability International, CorpWatch, the International Corporate Accountability Roundtable, and the Institute for Policy Studies. The publication represents an effort to measure  Congress’ commitment to keep the power of large corporations in check, to promote transparency and responsible business practices, and to hold corporations accountable for their actions.

Corporations are an important part of modern life and the modern economy, but their interests do not always represent the interests of living, breathing, human beings. This Report Card attempts to serve as an objective measure of Congressional efforts to ensure that protecting people, not corporations, is the primary focus of our laws and policy.