Uganda: Report on corporate accountability calls for business operations that is "consistent and promotes human rights"; includes companies comments

The Uganda Consortium on Corporate Accountability recently released a report on "The State of Corporate Accountability in Uganda". The report documents the human rights impacts of business operations on communities in the oil exploration and mining sectors. It advocates for business that "is consistent with and promotes human rights". [Refers to CNOOC, Total, Tororo Cement, Jan Mangal, Mechanised Agro, Seyani Brothers, DAO Africa & Tong Da China]. The Business and Human Rights Resource Centre sought a response from Seyani Brothers. The response is provided. We are also seeking responses from other companies that are adversely mentioned. We will publish the response(s) once we receive them.

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NGO rejoinder
22 November 2016

Rejoinder by Uganda Consortium on Corporate Accountability

Author: Uganda Consortium on Corporate Accountability

"Documents supporting Rejoinder by Uganda Consortium on Corporate Accountability"

[The Uganda Consortium on Corporate Accountability issued a rejoinder to Seyani Brothers response to their report.  They attached these documents in support of their rejoinder]

 

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Article
22 November 2016

Seyani Brothers' says it strives to "ensure protection of human rights"

Author: Seyani Brothers (Uganda)

"Unfounded allegations against quarrying activities undertaken by the company at Nakisunga, Mukono, Uganda"

....Whilst we understand the work UCCA are trying to do, we feel the survey could have been better handled by basing it on factual data rather than general observations...

We pride ourselves in taking all aspects of our business very seriously and giving them the due attention they deserve. We are an ISO certified company in Quality, Environment, Health and Safety. We follow very stringent human resource policies which go well beyond the realms of the Employment Act and labour laws of Uganda...We reiterate that we have always operated within the established legal and regulatory framework. In fact, we actually strive to go beyond our regulatory obligations and out of our way to ensure protection of human rights.

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NGO rejoinder
22 November 2016

Uganda Consortium on Corporate Accountability says Seyani Brothers' CSR initiatives should not "expunge their corporate accountability responsibilities"

Author: Uganda Consortium on Corporate Accountability

"Re: Seyani Brothers & Co. (U) Ltd Response on Certain Issues in the Uganda Consortium on Corporate Accountability Report on "The State of Corporate Acccountability in Uganda"

"...[We] reiterate that corporate social responsibility is important but it cannot be used as a tradeoff against corporate accountability. Article 20 (2) of the 1995 Uganda Constitution enjoins the state to ensure that non-state actors respect human rights...[We] do appreciate and encourage any CSR principles by corporations to better the lives of the communities in which they operate. However, this should never be an undertaking to expunge their corporate accountablity responsibilites.

 

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Article
26 October 2016

Full report

Author: Uganda Consortium on Corporate Accountability

"The State of Corporate Accountability in Uganda"

 

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Article
26 October 2016

Seyani Brothers says environment & social responsibility "utmost priority" in their undertaking

Author: Seyani Brothers (Uganda)

"Responding against unfounded allegations against the quarrying activities undertaken by the company at Nakisunga, Mukono, Uganda"

...As a Ugandan responsible investor, concern for the environment and social responsibility are an utmost priority in our undertakings. Allegations of labour complaints and environment degradation...is a poor attempt to negatively portray the otherwise impeccable reputation of our company.

 

 

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