=>Who are we?
Sherpa is a Paris-based non-profit organization dedicated to protecting and defending victims of economic crimes. The association brings together international jurists and lawyers and works in close collaboration with civil society organizations from all over the world.
Sherpa’s activities also rely on the generous support of volunteers, interns and pro bono lawyers.
=>What do we do?
Vision and Mission
Convinced that law has a key role to play in ensuring fair and sustainable development, Sherpa has decided to use its legal skills and knowledge in order to contribute to the concrete implementation of the Millennium Goals (MDGs).
1. Illicit financial flows and development
Whether linked to corruption or to multinational corporations’ tax evasion, illicit financial flows are a big part of the development issue. They reduce the amount of available resources for essential public services and worsen the burden of southern countries’ debt. As a consequence, most governments in developing countries fail to fulfil basic human needs.
Sherpa conducts campaigns that aim at denouncing these illicit financial flows.
2. Globalization and human rights
The European Commission defines Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) as "a concept whereby companies integrate social and environmental concerns in their business operations and in their interaction with their stakeholders on a voluntary basis" (Green Book on Corporate Social Responsibility, 2001).
Such a position is insufficient to Sherpa which strongly advocates for the settlement of a comprehensive corporate accountability framework.
- Means of action
1. Legal assistance
Thanks to its network of jurists and lawyers, Sherpa aims at providing redress to populations’ victims of economic crimes. Sherpa uses all kinds of legal tools ranging from negotiation to the use of soft law instruments (OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, Codes of conduct) and ultimately legal actions (Criminal or civil proceedings).
2. Research & Advocacy
As a legal think tank, Sherpa proposes changes in the law and then conducts advocacy campaigns at both national and international levels in order to promote a better regulation of transnational financial flows and commercial activities.
3. Awareness & Training
Convinced that transferring know-how can pave the way for sustainable development, Sherpa dedicates a large part of its activities to education and training. Sherpa regularly facilitates workshops in order to create awareness among civil society and empower them to combat economic crimes.
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