Corporations are larger and more powerful than ever. In many countries, corporations use their wealth to influence government actions – often in secret – at the expense of local communities. They are able to block government oversight of their actions, which allows them to seize natural resources and abuse local communities’ rights with impunity. This affects the ability of communities to have a voice in the development of natural resource projects that affect them.
The mining, oil and gas, agribusiness, timber, and hydropower industries are frequently connected to threats and attacks against earth rights defenders.