African Coalition for Corporate Accountability

The African Coalition for Corporate Accountability (ACCA), was established in 2013 with the aim of enhancing the protection and respect for collective and individual rights in relation to the activities and relationships of business enterprises. Their mission is to facilitate an alliance across borders and create a strong and united African network of civil society organizations and communities. The coalition seeks the protection and promotion of human rights in relation to business activity. ACCA provides a regional platform to share information and knowledge among its members and communities and between ACCA and other coalitions and organizations. Over the years, ACCA has been engaging in projects around the following focus areas: Access to remedy, Free Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC), Chinese Investments in Africa, and the United Nations Binding Treaty on Business and Human Rights.  Their work has been through policy, research and advocacy. They also work on issues ranging from mining and other extractive industries, public and private security sector accountability, natural resource rights, including land acquisition, tenure and property rights, financial regulatory policy, as well as accountability mechanisms for human and people’s rights, and environmental rights. 

Currently ACCA is running several relevant projects. With other partners, ACCA has established a social lab called the Corporate Liability and Sustainable Peace (CLASP) Lab, focusing  on corporate actors and transitional justice, with an aim to explore the challenges and failures of transitional justice processes to include corporate actors in their mandates. Also, ACCA is conducting sub-regional capacity building workshops with ESCR-Net member the Centre for Applied Legal Studies (CALS), focusing on: Access to remedy, Free Prior and Informed Consent as well as the UN Binding Treaty Process on Business and Human Rights (UN Binding Treaty).