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Environmental Research & Corporate Watchdogging is a focus that the Initiative for Social Action and Renewal in Eurasia (ISAR) engages upon with a list within the presentation of its Caspian Program on its Web Site www.isar.org (below is a selection from the Caspian Links list):
Bank Information Center - BIC
The Bank Information Center is an NGO that provides information and strategic support to NGOs and social movements throughout the world on the projects, policies and practices of the World Bank and other Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs). BIC advocates for greater transparency, accountability and citizen participation at the MDBs. Information on policy debates, current projects and publications accessible on the website.
CEE Bankwatch Network
The CEE Bankwatch Network is an international NGO that monitors the activities of International Financial Institutions (IFIs) in the region, and proposes constructive alternatives to their policies and projects in the region. The Network focuses on energy and transport, while working to promote public participation and access to information about activities of IFIs in the CEE region. Additional information on the Network and related resources are available through this site.
Corporate Europe Observatory - CEO
Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO) is a research and campaign group, which monitors the political and economic influence of transnational corporations, and their lobby groups in Europe and around the world. CEO publishes a quarterly newsletter, the Corporate Europe Observer, as well as briefings on related issues.
Corporate Watch is a website dedicated to helping build greater democratic control over transnational corporations at the local, national and international levels. Corporate Watch is designed to provide every day Internet users, activists, journalists and policy makers with an array of tools that can be used to investigate and analyze corporate activity. They are committed to exposing corporate greed by documenting the social, political, economic and environmental impacts of these transnational giants.
The DataCenter is an independent nonprofit research center providing information to activists working for progressive social change. Staff collects, organizes and retrieves information on political, social and economic issues. Services include a public interest library, a customized research service and several publications. The Data Center has been collecting corporate data and providing strategic company research to activists for two decades.
EarthRights International - ERI
Earthrights International is an NGO that combines the power of law and the power of people to protect earth rights. ERI works on both the international and grassroots levels to identify abuses of earth rights and devise strategies for their eradication. One of ERI's activities, The Energy Project, works to increase local communities' participation in decision-making related to energy consumption as well as to expose the harms of massive energy projects. Additional information on The Energy Project and other ERI activities is available through their website.
Environmental Background Information Center - EBIC
The Environmental Background Information Center is an NGO that provides corporate research and strategic assistance to members of the public who are interested in getting involved in local environmental issues.
Friends of the Earth
FOE is an international, nonprofit advocacy organization dedicated to protecting the planet from environmental degradation; preserving biological, cultural, and ethnic diversity; and empowering citizens to have an influential voice in decisions affecting the quality of their environment and their lives. FOE has a corporate accountability campaign.
The Multinational Monitor is a monthly publication that tracks corporate activity, especially in the Third World, focusing on the export of hazardous substances, worker health and safety, labor union issues and the environment.
Oilwatch is an international network of environmental, human rights, religious, and local organizations that supports and strengthens local initiatives in the struggle against the negative impacts of oil and gas exploitation in tropical countries, as well as educating and raising the consciousness of the general public, politicians and the oil industry, on a global level.
Project Underground works to expose corporate human rights and environmental abuses; and works in support of communities threatened by the mining and oil industries. Their web site offers many resources and links related to corporate research of the mining and oil industries.
Rainforest Action Network - RAN
Rainforest Action Network works to protect the Earth's rainforests and support the rights of their inhabitants through education, grassroots organizing, and non-violent direct action. RAN's Amazon Oil Program works to stop destructive fossil fuel development in rainforest areas, like Shell Oil's drillings on U'wa homeland in Colombia and in the Camisea region of Peru, identifying environmentally responsible alternatives that bring long-term economic solutions to indigenous communities.
Sustainable Energy and Economy Network - SEEN
SEEN, a project of the Institute for Policy Studies, and the Transnational Institute, works in partnership with citizens groups globally on environment and development issues with a particular focus on climate change, energy, gender equity and economic issues. SEEN provides information on investments made by international finance institutions and government agencies in developing countries and economies in transitions as well as in economically disadvantaged regions of the US.
Worldwatch is a nonprofit public policy research organization dedicated to informing policymakers and the public about emerging global problems and trends and the complex links between the world economy and its environmental support systems. Publications on related issues are available through the website.
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