Taking Action ... Survival International vs Tiffany

Protesters: Survival International Target: Tiffany Location: Worldwide Date: 3 February

Backing bushmen: Survival International
Backing bushmen: Survival International

 

The lowdown

Survival International supporters demonstrated outside the jeweller's stores in London, Paris, Berlin, Madrid and San Francisco. The protesters want the firm, via a conservation project, to stop funding water boreholes for game animals in Botswana's national parks. They believe this is unfair because the indigenous people are forbidden access to the water.

Why the protest?

In 2006, Botswana's High Court ruled that the government's eviction of bushmen from a game reserve four years earlier was illegal and that the bushmen had the right to live in their reserve. But the group claims the government is still denying the bushmen access to their own boreholes. It believes Tiffany should stop giving money to the government.

How did Tiffany respond?

Tiffany released a statement that said: 'The Tiffany & Co Foundation supported Friends of Peace Parks with a grant to ... provide wildlife drinking points. This grant is part of the foundation's larger programme to promote wildlife conservation as a source of sustainable economic development in Botswana.'

How did the media cover the story?

The protest was covered in The Observer's Business section, in The Independent's Saturday business diary and on Vogue.com. It was also covered in Retail Jeweller, and in Botswana's main newspaper Mmegi.

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