The problem of impunity for transnational companies operating in developing countries is widely recognized by activists and academics around the world and various bodies of the United Nations. In 2003, a group of Canadian scholars coined the term governance gap to refer to laws global and systemic failure to prevent, ensure accountability and provide remedy for corporate human rights abuses in the developing countries that host their operations, often referred to as host states. While the study of this problem no doubt pre-dates this first use of this term, the contemporary governance gap concept has since been widely adopted. In particular, those concerned with the governance gap have identified resource extraction as one of the areas of corporate activity generating the most significant human rights concerns.
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Categories: Corporate Accountability - Canada