hat we do: Systems of corporate governance and the corporate abuse of power interfere with the ability of communities and nations to protect the environment. CAC takes action through shareholder resolutions, opposing corporate water privatization, and education regarding the fundamentals of corporate power.
The Corporate Accountability Committee facilitates the Club's response to the corporate abuse of power and its advocacy of enforceable measures to ensure corporate accountability in relation to the environment, communities and public health.
VICTORY: No Mega-Quarry at Digby Neck!
The Canadian Joint Review Panel has rejected the Quarry and Marine Terminal proposed by NJ-based Bilcon. Sierra Club and Sierra Club Canada Boards visited Digby Neck in the Summer of 2005 and issued a joint resolution in opposition to the mega-quarry. Dr. Janet Eaton, Sierra Club Canada liaison to CAC, has played a pivotal role in the defeat of the quarry. For her statement, click here.
Janet Eaton, Sierra Club Canada liaison to CAC, tells the whole story in her presentation, "Basalt Assault: Digby Neck, Mega-Quarry: Globalization, NAFTA, SPP & Atlantica vs. Local Sustainable Development" (PDF)
The specific areas of CAC's current educational and advocacy work are described below.
Our three priorities:
Water Privatization Task Force
Water is public resource to be protected for people and nature, not a commodity to be extracted and traded for corporate profit. Access to clean, sufficient and affordable drinking water is a human right and an essential public service.
Shareholder Action Task
Shareholder resolutions are one tool the Sierra Club uses to protect communities, workers and the environment by promoting change in corporate behavior and practices.
Confronting Corporate Power Taskforce
Environmental protection requires addressing the privileged position and power
of corporations which assert their presumed rights as persons and their right
to operate through corporate charters without community accountability.
Environmental attorney Thomas Linzey has been a trail blazer in helping
rural communities prevent corporations from riding roughshod over over
community quality of life. Here is the keynote address he gave at Bioneers