Author: Sam Szoke-Burke
Source: Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment
Transparency is often seen as a means of improving governance and accountability of investment, but its potential to do so is hindered by vague definitions and failures to focus on the needs of key local actors. In a new report focusing on agribusiness, forestry, and renewable energy projects (“land investments”), CCSI grounds transparency in the needs of project-affected communities and other local actors. Transparency efforts that seek to inform and empower communities can also help governments, companies, and other actors to more effectively manage operational risk linked to social conflict.
Troublingly, the report finds that:
Taking a politically informed approach that considers the incentives of powerful actors, the report proposes seven strategies to advance land investment transparency: