China Latin America Sustainable Investments Initiative (CLASII)



CLASII envisions a time when Chinese companies and investors in Latin America abide by best environmental and social practices and are held accountable by an active and engaged Latin America civil society and local governments.

Our work in development finance:

CLASII was established in October of 2014 under the sponsorship of the Program on International and Comparative Environmental Law at American University Washington College of Law, and since October 2016, CLASII has been hosted by the Bank Information Center in Washington, DC.

CLASII has published the first education tool in Spanish about Chinese environmental and social overseas regulations, many of which contain key principles on human rights. This tool, the Manual on Chinese Environmental and Social Regulations for Lending and Investing Abroad: A Guide for Local Communities" has been translated into English and Portuguese.

CLASII has organized a number of capacity building workshops with NGOs and grassroots communities and have assisted many of them to prepared and deliver petitions/letters to Chinese authorities, including financial institutions, involved in Chinese overseas investments.


Geographic Focus: Caribbean & Latin America

Sector Focus: Corporate Accountability, Debt, Development, Environmental Rights, Human Rights, Indigenous Peoples' Rights, Information (Right to), International Financial Institutions, Labor Rights, Land Rights & Natural Resources, National Development Banks/Agencies, Poverty

Financier Targets: CDB/ChinaExim, ICBC