Project Briefer - Tainted Lands: Corruption in Large-Scale Land Deals

Released in conjunction with the 2015 UN Forum on Business and Human Rights, this project briefer provides an overview of preliminary findings and initial reflections of the Tainted Lands report.

The report, under preparation by Professor Olivier De Schutter, the International Corporate Accountability Roundtable (ICAR), Oxfam America, and Global Witness, will dedicate specific attention to the following questions:

  1. Do anti-bribery instruments reach not only public servants, but also community chiefs who may be bribed to give away the land of the communities they represent?
  2. Do buyers of agricultural products and investors in agricultural production have a due diligence obligation to ensure that their suppliers or subsidiaries operating in weakly governed countries are not resorting to corruption?
  3. Which best practices within companies can ensure that they shall not be involved in corruption? Can best practices, if adopted by a particular company, be a defence against accusations of practicing or of being complicit in corruption?
  4. Could the financial community and its duties to prevent laundering of illegally acquired funds play a more active role in the fight against corruption?

For more information on the project, please contact Sarah McGrath, ICAR’s Legal & Policy Director, at