Public Access to Information and Participation
“Unnecessary secrecy in government leads to arrogance in governance and defective decision-making. Moreover, the climate of public opinion has changed: people expect much greater openness and accountability from government than they used to.”
Public access to information and public participation in decision-making is essential to push for clean production systems. Producers and product designers are made more accountable when communities and workers can find out what an industry is emitting into the environment or when consumers can find out what is in a product. Governments are made more accountable when the public can review and debate agricultural, manufacturing and financial policies. There are a wide range of tools which have been developed for production processes.
Public Access to Information and the Right to Know. Download fact sheet (.pdf)