The Climate Change and Human Rights Petition

Page - July 28, 2016
Manila, 20 October 2017 - The Commission on Human Rights in the Philippines has called on 47 carbon producers to attend a preliminary meeting in its investigation into their corporate responsibility for climate-related human rights abuses. The companies include ExxonMobil, Shell, BP, Chevron, Total, BHP Billiton, Suncor, and ConocoPhillips.

This is the first opportunity for  the Filipino petitioners to  meet representatives of the fossil fuel companies face-to-face. Though carbon producers might choose to ignore the request for their attendance, the preliminary conference is set to take place on 11 December, in which the petitioners and companies need to discuss and agree evidence submission and witness testimonies.

Filipino typhoon survivors, other communities suffering the impacts of climate change, and civil society organizations, including Greenpeace Southeast Asia (Philippines), initially petitioned the Commission for the investigation in 2015, two years after super-typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) claimed the lives of more than 6,300 people and affected millions of others who have yet to recover.

The petitioners had earlier filed their response (see section III. Petitioners' Consolidated Reply below) to corporate efforts to shut down the first-ever national inquiry into the responsibility of the fossil fuel industry for the human rights impacts resulting from climate change, and requested the Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines, the authority leading the investigation, to deny the companies’ demands for a dismissal.

The Commission continues with this investigation, and is currently conducting community dialogues across the Philippines.


I. Petition and Annexes:

II. Corporate Responses and comments on the petition

Summary of Corporate Responses

III. Petitioners' Consolidated Reply

Human Rights and Climate Change Consolidated Reply

IV. Corporate Rejoinders to the Consolidated Reply

V. Commission on Human Rights’ Notice for companies to attend preliminary conference of parties


VI. CHR releases related to the case

VII. Statements and documentary exhibits of resource persons

VIII. Video recordings of inquiry hearings

IX. Closing statement for the Petitioners

Closing statement (delivered at the Commission on Human Rights Session Hall)


X. Commission on Human Rights' Consultation of Experts (Netherlands)

XI. Local Government Units'  Resolutions Supporting the Climate Change & Human Rights Petition

Local Government Units' resolutions