as a tool for communities
PODER conducts strategic research together with communities, social movements, civil society organizations and other sectors affected by business operations, with a focus on human rights.
Our investigations expose the power structures underlying private projects that fail to respect human rights.
We want companies to fulfill their obligation to inform the general public–and not just investors–about their activities and their human rights impact.
As a basic principle of our work, we build tools together with communities, social movements and civil society organizations to strengthen processes for defending land, territory and the environment, and we make the information available to communities, researchers and civil society organizations in the form of open data, maps and/or analytical reports on strategic industries.
Additionally, we train, educate and accompany communities, organizations and social movements affected by corporate activities.
What do we research?
We conduct long-term research into mining, hydrocarbons, energy and infrastructure, in addition to other strategic industries, like banking and heavy manufacturing.
We focus on non-outsourceable strategic industries and global cities in Mexico and Latin America, which consist mainly of four sectors: financial and related services; extractives (mining, oil and gas); infrastructure and transportation; and heavy manufacturing.
Learn more about our methodology here.
On April 17, 2016, in Santa María Zotoltepec, Puebla, the main results of the human rights impact assessment (HRIA) were presented. It was conducted by the Project on Organizing, Development, Education, and Research (PODER), Instituto Mexicano para el...
Extractive projects in the Sierra Norte of Puebla are imposed without consultation and with repression
November 2015 Extractive projects in the Sierra Norte of Puebla are imposed without consultation and with repression and violence Mexico has granted concessions totaling 331,729 hectares to private companies without informing the inhabitants of the Sierra Norte of...
12 November 2014 Observation Mission presents Report on the consultation process of wind projects in Juchitán, Oaxaca - The report presents violations of the principles governing the right to consultation, such as: the consultation should be informed, culturally...