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Mountain gorilla family Virunga campaign

Politicians or Gorillas – which do you prefer?

The answer was a forgone conclusion to UK MP John Mann when he asked in Parliament which the public would prefer to save – their Members of Parliament or endangered mountain gorillas of the Virunga National Park. ‘‘Members have already raised the attempts by SOCO, a UK-based oil exploration company, to plunder the reserves in […]

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Baby mountain gorilla, Virunga © Martin Harvey / WWF-Canon

Investors as key to securing Virunga’s oil-free future

The role that investors can play in influencing company behaviour must not be underestimated. The way in which companies approach issues associated with human rights, community engagement and environmental sustainability has far reaching impacts on corporate profitability and shareholder value and is coming under increased scrutiny by investors. Recent years have witnessed a great deal […]

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A villager tending to a fishing net in Vitshumbi Virunga campaign

Soco controversially swims against the tide

At a time when extractive companies are committing not to explore or extract in World Heritage Sites and financial institutions are excluding such projects from permitted loans, SOCO International plc’s oil activities in Virunga seems a regressive step. This is especially strange for a company that publically states that the “protection of the environment remains […]

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