SACA is a Limited Company registered in Europe, with its head office in Dublin, Ireland. The Board of Directors are dedicated and experienced people who are committed to the promotion of international standards in extractive industries in Africa and in the Gulf of Guinea in particular. SACA work with partners in the U.S.A and Europe who are well versed and experienced in the area of extractive industries advocacy and who use shareholder leverage to bring about change and accountability.
SACA is presently carrying out a project in the Niger Delta, Nigeria, transferring insights and knowledge gained from Shell’s Gas Project in Ireland (Corrib Gas Project) and from other Oil Majors’ projects in many parts of the world. SACA consider the disastrous outcome from the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, as a most important learning opportunity for oil majors and stakeholders operating in deep seas off the coast of Africa.
SACA promote and advocate for international codes and standards with special emphasis on the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
This Report is significant with regards to extractive industries operating on or near indigenous territories.o
SACA advocate for ‘consultation and free, prior and informed consent’ standards which are best conceptualized as safeguards against practices that may affect indigenous peoples’ rights.o
SACA advocate for the “protect, respect and remedy” framework, which is incorporated into the ‘Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights
SACA promote the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights
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SACA advocate for the use of the UN Precautionary Principle
for all the oil majors operating in Africa and the Gulf of Guinea. SACA sees the extractive industries as highly damaging to our planet and, in the context of the increasing impact of global warming, want to see the world 's peoples breaking their dependence on fossil fuels and moving to the use of sustainable forms of energy.
In the meantime, however, SACA, in collaboration with other agencies is promoting a new model for natural resource extraction. Presently, the model being promoted by corporations and States is one in which the initial plans for exploration and extraction of natural resources are developed by the corporation, with perhaps some involvement by the State, but with little or no involvement of the affected indigenous community or people. The corporation controls the extractive operation and takes the resources and profits from it, with the State gaining royalties or taxes, and indigenous peoples at best being offered benefits in the form of employment or community development projects that typically pale in economic value in comparison to the profits gained by the corporation. According to the Special Rapporteur for the United Nations on Indigenous Peoples this is a model with strong colonial overtones, in which the indigenous peoples see their territories again encroached upon by outsiders who control aspects of their habitats and take from them, even when done with the promise of corporate social responsibility.
SACA is promoting a model that is more conducive to indigenous peoples’ self-determination and their rights to pursue their own priorities of development. This model will include genuine and enduring partnership arrangements between indigenous peoples and corporations, in which the indigenous part has a significant and controlling share in the ownership and management of the partnership enterprises.