The Business and Human Rights Resource Centre has launched a useful project that aims to track foreign investment in Myanmar. It highlights human rights law violations and criticism of foreign investment while allowing companies to respond. The strength of this project is its balanced approach providing a forum for open discussion of business and human rights issues.
As of February 2015, the project has we have reached out to 108 companies from various sectors and regions. Out of those, 57 companies have responded. The record of responses and non-responses is useful for civil society to gauge which investors are willing to cooperate and invest in an open and transparent manner. It also shows us which companies are not cooperative.
Company responses can be important advocacy tools as civil society works to hold investors to their responsibility to respect human rights. These responses indicate their commitment. Their activities should be monitored to ensure that they fulfil these public commitments. The BHHRC will continually update the database.
The Project’s Webpage is available here: http://business-humanrights.org/en/myanmar-foreign-investment-tracking-project