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Understanding indigenous rights risks in renewables

As demand for renewable energy continues to grow, what are the human rights implications? Stephanie Williams investigates some of the social risks and the concept of a ”just transition”.

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Stephanie Williams
Sustainable Investment Analyst

A boom in extraction of minerals for the energy transition and land-intensive renewable energy practices pose risks to companies disregarding rights of local companies and indigenous populations.

In this report, Stephanie Williams, a sustainable investment analyst focused on human rights, explains how there is a financial incentive for companies to avoid replicating the indigenous rights abuses that have been heavily associated with traditional land-intensive fossil fuel extraction projects.

“Ensuring companies act in a way that is responsible for both the environment and people is critical in securing and promoting a just transition, as well as protecting value,” she says.

Dangers range from litigative action to revocation of licences or loss of finance and physical disruption or reputational risk.

According to Stephanie: “In the case of poor performance, investors should look to engage on these issues to encourage actions that will mitigate these risks.”


Stephanie Williams
Sustainable Investment Analyst


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