RAID is a
non-profit making organisation
based in Oxford that works to hold companies to account for illegal and
practices by helping victims to obtain redress, and by campaigning for
stronger domestic and
international mechanisms of regulation for business.
RAID advocates for binding corporate accountability frameworks,
particularly the development of international norms on the human
rights responsibilities of companies.
RAID's first piece
of research, in 1997,
examined the human rights
impacts of the privatisation of Zambia's state-owned copper mines. As a
result of its investigations,
RAID was the first NGO to file a complaint under the revised OECD
Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, concerning the
conduct of Anglo-American. RAID's work with Zambian NGOs provided a
model that has been much emulated by other NGOs.
RAID's work is
painstaking and longterm. A
current case is the ongoing struggle for justice in the Anvil case,
Congolese military made use of Anvil Mining Limited's personnel and
equipment to crush an insurgency in the town of Kilwa,
Democratic Republic of the Congo in 2004.
RAID's work has
been made possible by the
generous financial support of the
Ford Foundation, the Open Society Foundations, the Sigrid Rausing Trust
the European Commission.