The Climate Change and Human Rights Inquiry in the Philippines is the world’s first investigation into corporate responsibility for the climate crisis.
It was launched by the Philippines Commission on Human Rights (CHR) soon after typhoon survivors and civil society groups filed a complaint before the Commission in September 2015, calling for a probe into the possible human rights violations of the 47 biggest fossil fuel and cement companies (“Carbon Majors”) resulting from climate change.
A series of public inquiry hearings took place in Manila, New York, and London, which yielded in thousands of pages of documentary and testimonial evidence presented by Filipino and international science, policy, and legal experts, and narratives of individuals from different communities whose lives have been hugely affected by climate change.
The CHR’s national inquiry has clearly shown that people affected by climate change and whose human rights have been dramatically harmed must have access to remedies, and access to justice. Simply put, the Carbon Majors and other corporations have responsibilities to protect human rights as we face the climate emergency.
The petitioners and climate advocates around the world are awaiting the outcome of the landmark inquiry in 2020.