Ahead of a panel discussion CORE and Womankind Worldwide are hosting at the UN Forum on Business and Human Rights, we have prepared a briefing summarising research from the Human Rights Clinic at the University of Essex, on the gender impacts of land intensive corporate activities. The full report can be found here.

The growth of overseas investment in the extraction and agri-business industries in the Global South is linked to a rise in gender-specific rights violations. These range from a loss of livelihoods, sexual violence, harassment, mass displacement and forced evictions.

The briefing considers company and state-wide policies to address gender injustice, looking at how firms can better engage women and marginalised groups through processes of consultation and properly obtained consent. It also provides recommendations to states and the EU on introducing legislation requiring companies to undertake mandatory due diligence throughout their global operations.

Lastly, it recommends that victims of corporate harms be able to access remedy in a company’s headquartered country. In doing so, it recognises that limited legal infrastructure and corruption found in some developing countries’ judicial systems can be a barrier to those pursuing justice.

Briefing available here.