Since 2021, Sherpa and its partners RSE-et-PED France, RSE Benin, RSE-et-PED Togo and La Lumière (Senegal) have been implementing the project “Developing the capacities of civil society in Benin, Togo and Senegal to ensure that companies respect human rights and environmental law, and to enable the implementation of more protective public policies”, co-financed by the Agence Française de Développement (AFD).
In Togo, Benin and Senegal, the lack of supervision of the economic activities of multinational companies and local economic actors is a major cause of corruption, environmental damage and violation of workers and local communities’ rights.
The project aims to disseminate and implement sustainable human rights, environmental and duty of care practices by companies and, in the long run, to change national legal frameworks.
Real respect for these rights can be achieved by strengthening the capacities of civil society to make better use of existing legal mechanisms and by mobilising civil society for a more appropriate legal framework and greater protection.
1. Training of 30 civil society organisations (CSOs) from Togo, Benin and Senegal on human rights, environmental law, duty of care, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and on the development of advocacy and mobilisation strategies.
Training in Benin, March 2022.
2. Implementation by CSOs of advocacy, mobilisation and awareness-raising plans aimed at institutional actors, journalists, workers and populations living near large companies.