2024 REPORT

Dear All,

We are pleased to present to you our 2024 report regarding International Companies participating in the plundering of resources in the occupied territories of Western Sahara.

This report is divided into 4 parts:

1st : Legal Status.

2nd: CSR and predatory companies.

3rd: Perspectives, both internationally and on the ground where these companies operate.

4th: Graphic details of analyses and charts on the national origin of companies involved in plundering.

The 2024 report examines the legal situation of foreign companies operating in the occupied territories of Western Sahara, as well as potential responses to this issue. Despite being a non-self-governing territory awaiting decolonization, several companies persist in their activities in this region, thereby violating the principles of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and international norms. Although Morocco has hindered the exercise of the right to self-determination of the Sahrawi People, decisions from various international courts have confirmed the illegality of exploiting the resources of Western Sahara without their consent, or that of their representative, the Polisario Front. This should serve as a reference point for the CSR of any company. Despite this, Morocco, sometimes through corruption, continues to attract foreign companies for activities in the occupied part of Western Sahara, unlawfully. This includes the renewable energy sector, engaging in « greenwashing » and exploiting international climate finance funds. Civil society can play a crucial role in raising awareness and denouncing these illegal practices, following strategies similar to those used during the boycott against the former apartheid regime in South Africa or in the BDS movement against Israeli occupation. It is also crucial for the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR), a member of the African Union, to take action on the ground, notably by preventing illegal mining operations, to prevent the reinforcement of occupation and disruption of the decolonization process. This action is particularly necessary considering the devastating conflicts caused by mining explorations in some African countries.

You can download this report by following this link:

RAPPORT 2024 – FR (38 téléchargements )

 

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