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Centre for Environmental Rights - Advancing Environmental Rights in South Africa

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Our Programmes:

Corporate Accountability


The CER’s corporate accountability team exposes corporate failures to comply with environmental laws, and raises investor awareness of the risks of non-compliance. We are pioneering new methods to improve transparency and accountability around the impacts of polluting companies on our environment and people, through:

  • Tracking environmental impacts and violations of environmental laws by companies operating in South Africa;
  • Analysis of environmental disclosures to shareholders by listed companies, including through our Full Disclosure series. Full Disclosure provides investors with information on the environmental track record of 30 listed companies and the extent to which violations of environmental laws are disclosed;
  • Shareholder activism to compel compliance with environmental laws and disclosure of impacts and violations;
  • Input into sustainable reporting frameworks and guidelines;
  • Engagement with companies, institutional investors and industry associations around environmental impacts and disclosures;
  • Criminal prosecution of directors for environmental violations.

We seek to change public expectations of corporate obligations to realise environmental justice, and to ensure that the operations of industry do not violate our Constitutional rights.

Section 24 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996

Everyone has the right to an environment that is not harmful to their health or well-being; and to have the environment protected, for the benefit of present and future generations, through reasonable legislative and other measures that prevent pollution and ecological degradation; promote conservation; and secure ecologically sustainable development and use of natural resources while promoting justifiable economic and social development.

Report a Violation

National Environmental Crimes & Incidents Hotline (24 hours): 0800 205 005

In addition, there are a number of national and provincial hotlines that may be useful.

Contact us

  • Address:Cape Town: Second Floor, Springtime Studios, 1 Scott Road, Observatory, 7925, Cape Town - View map
  • Address:Johannesburg: Ninth Floor, Southpoint Corner, 87 De Korte Street, Braamfontein, 2001, Johannesburg - View map