Participants in the Voluntary Principles Initiative on Security and Human Rights convened for the Annual Plenary Meeting in Ottawa, Canada on 2-3 March 2017. The Voluntary Principles Initiative is a multi‐stakeholder initiative involving oil, gas, and mining companies, governments, and non‐governmental organizations that is focused on security and human rights.
IPIECA attends this forum as an observer, to learn more about the latest developments in how the extractives industry is managing security in a manner which respects human rights. The event was hosted by the outgoing chair of the initiative, the government of Canada, and was focused on sharing lessons in implementation of the framework.
The Voluntary Principles were established in 2000 in an initiative launched by the British Foreign & Commonwealth Office and the U.S. Department of State. Since their inception, the Voluntary Principles have been used by extractive companies to strengthen their capacity to address complex security and human rights issues in their operations around the world. By ensuring that human rights are upheld, the Voluntary Principles aim to mitigate potential tensions between extractive companies and the communities within which they work.
More information: http://www.voluntaryprinciples.org/