People vs Big Polluters

Inspired and emboldened by the courageous efforts of people around the world all standing up for human rights to protect current and future generations from climate change, Greenpeace Southeast Asia - Philippines, together with 13 organizations and 18 individuals opened another new chapter in our collective history. They filed a groundbreaking legal petition with the Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines (CHR) on September 22, 2015. Now the Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines has started its investigation on behalf of the Filipino people and needs YOUR support.

The Petitioners will no longer accept the risk of losing their homes, livelihoods, and family members in order to support a way of life that is driving all of humanity towards a bleak future. They’re doing their part and asking those responsible to do theirs. They have asked the Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines (CHR) to focus on the existing 46 investor-owned fossil-fuel Carbon Majors because the public, shareholders, and the governments that regulate the companies have the power to change the practices of these businesses. The Petition is forward-looking and aims to improve corporate conduct to protect the rights of those most vulnerable to climate change.


The Big Polluters

Below are the 47 investor-owned entities’ cumulative MtCO2e (Million metric tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent) with data through 2013. Corporate information contained in this website is based on publicly available information accessible as of September 9, 2016 and may be subject to change.

Research on cumulative million metric tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent is from: Heede, Richard (2014) Tracing anthropogenic CO2 and methane emissions to fossil fuel and cement producers 1854-2010, Climatic Change, vol. 122(1): 229-241; For the original report see: Heede, R. 2014. Carbon Majors: Accounting for Carbon and Methane Emissions 1854-2010, Methods and Results Report, April 7, 2014. For more details on the Carbon Majors Updates see Climate Accountability Institute: here.


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June 8, 2015

People from climate-impacted communities from Tuvalu, Kiribati, Fiji and the Solomon Islands as well as representatives from the Philippines vow to seek ‘Climate Justice’ and hold big polluters accountable for fuelling global climate change during a workshop held in Vanuatu.

September 22, 2015

Typhoon survivors and civil society groups in the Philippines deliver a complaint to the Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines (CHR) calling for an investigation into the responsibility of big fossil fuel companies for fuelling catastrophic climate change that is resulting in human rights violations.

December 4, 2015

The Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines announces its investigation of the Big Polluters. Watch the announcement here.

July 27, 2016

The Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines (CHR) sent copies of the complaint filed by the Petitioners, including disaster survivors, community organisations and Greenpeace Southeast Asia - Philippines, as well as an official order, to the headquarters of the world’s largest investor-owned fossil fuel and cement producers.

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