Even though the World Bank had announced that it was not contributing financially to Lesotho’s attempts to bring the multinationals to account, Fine Maema and the government decided to proceed anyway. The implications of the trials would be twofold. They could affect the way multinationals ran their operations in developing countries where ethical standards had traditionally been downplayed, and firms facing trial could be banned from participating in World Bank-financed projects. This case outlines the court trials against several of the accused companies, including the Canadian Acres International. This is a four-case series, labeled A through D, UVA-E-0290 through UVA-E-0293.
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