Open Community Contracts

A collection of contracts negotiated between local communities, investors, and/or host governments seeking to use their lands and resources. is a repository of publicly available community-investor or community-government contracts and agreements relating to agriculture, forestry, mining, oil and gas extraction and other natural resource projects. It features plain language summaries of key provisions and provides links to learn more about how each agreement was negotiated and implemented in practice.


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This site provides summaries of contracts and their terms to facilitate understanding of important provisions. These summaries are not interpretations or legal advice. Neither the summaries nor the full contracts are complete accounts of all legal obligations related to the projects in question.

The Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment, a joint center of Columbia Law School and the Earth Institute at Columbia University, is the only university-based applied research center and forum dedicated to the study, practice and discussion of sustainable international investment.

The Canadian International Resources and Development Institute is an independent centre of expertise in natural resource-led development. CIRDI was founded in 2013 by University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University and Polytechnique Montreal. With Canadian and international partners, CIRDI provides leading-practice advice, technical support, training and applied research as well as a platform for innovative thinking, knowledge mobilization and shared learning on sustainable and inclusive resource governance.

Our Posting Policy

This site features any contract negotiated between a project-affected community, a company or investor implementing a natural resources or land-based investment project, and/or a host government, provided the document has already been published or released in the public domain. Publication or release in the public domain could include: (a) publication on a government website or in an official government publication; (b) publication on a contracting party’s company website or through its public filings; (c) government release in response to access to information requests; or (d) release online by a non-contracting party.

Further details regarding our posting policy and the criteria we apply in selecting contracts to publish on the site are available at the below button.
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