World Bank's CSR Praise Met with Cynicism in Light of Gov't Stalling

Published: Wednesday, 07/09/2008 12:00 am EDT

The World Bank and the Canadian government are not unalike (RE: "World Bank Applauds Canada's Americas Focus," June 25). Both initiated a process to respond to complaints from civil society and communities about the negative human rights, environmental and economic impacts of publicly-funded extractive projects. In the World Bank's case, it was the Extractive Industries Review (EIR). In the Canadian case, it was the National Roundtables on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and the Canadian Extractive Industry in Developing Countries.

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