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Turn on the Floodlights: Trends in Disclosure of Environmental Licences and Compliance Data

Turn on the Floodlights: Trends in Disclosure of Environmental Licences and Compliance Data

March 2013

The Centre for Environmental Rights (CER) has, for many years, been using the Promotion of Access to Information Act (PAIA) on behalf of communities and civil society organisations to request access to environmental records held by government and companies.This report, published in March 2013, follows on the Unlock the Doors report. It provides a comparative context for the recommendations in Unlock the Doors, looking both at other domestic legal requirements and international legal requirements and practices. By comparing the levels of disclosure by the same corporate group in different jurisdictions with different legal requirements for disclosure, it powerfully demonstrates how companies tailor their disclosure according to the prevailing legal requirements.

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Section 24of 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.

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