Rights and Accountability in Development (RAID)
Rights and Accountability in Development (RAID) advocates for binding corporate accountability frameworks, particularly the development of international norms on the human rights responsibilities of companies. RAID works to hold companies to account for illegal and unethical practices by helping victims to obtain redress, and by campaigning for stronger domestic and international mechanisms of regulation for business.
Pursuing corporate responsibility at home and abroad, RAID has been active in the pursuit of corporate responsibility at home and abroad since 2004, when the UN Panel of Experts on the Illegal Exploitation of Natural Resources and Other Forms of Wealth of the Democratic Republic of the Congo accused four British companies of supplying arms or logistical services to rebel or government forces – often in exchange for diamonds and other minerals – and in one case, of having participated in military operations.
Since its founding in 1998, RAID has been at the forefront of efforts to strengthen and implement the mechanisms that can bring corporate misconduct to light and achieve justice for victims of abuse. RAID has played a pivotal role in building consensus around three concepts: companies have responsibilities to respect human rights, everywhere; national governments must act to protect people from abuses by companies; and extra-territorial monitoring and enforcement mechanisms must be implemented.