For decades, these transnational corporations have misled us about the consequences of their products and business practices, exploited our communities, seized our lands and resources, and taken control of our food systems—all for their own benefit. They have left us exposed and ill-equipped for multiple crises. It’s time for them to be held responsible, criminally, financially, and civilly.
By requiring these corporate actors to pay for the damage they have intentionally caused to communities across Africa, we can unlock urgently needed funding to address the climate emergency and to help communities across the region thrive. This can be done in part through:
• Unlocking loss and damage finance
• Halting investments in the clearly risky fossil fuels sector
• Investigating and holding polluters legally accountable for ecological damage and other wrongdoing including human rights abuses and using funds retrieved through liability measures to support frontline communities and to finance a just transition and much more.
African government officials and decision-makers have a critical role to play in advancing industry liability, and in protecting our lives and livelihoods from those that treat us as discountable or even disposable to secure their selfish interests.
The time for a change, and for meaningful action that secures the present and safeguards the future of the African region is now. Laying the foundation for this future begins with holding polluting corporations liable. And holding them liable begins with you, and your leadership.