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Human rights due diligence guidance

May 2021

IPIECA has launched updated Human rights due diligence guidance for the oil and gas, and alternative energy industry.

This second edition is an extensive revision reflecting the continued evolution and valuable lessons learnt by IPIECA members from their shared experiences of developing and implementing human rights due diligence (HRDD) processes.

The purpose of the guidance is to assist oil and gas companies in integrating HRDD processes into existing company processes. This can be an essential part of a company’s overall risk management strategy, particularly when operating in areas where human rights issues may be more prevalent.
The guidance aims to:

  • clarify companies’ responsibility to respect human rights as set out in the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs);
  • illustrate how HRDD assists fulfilment of this responsibility;
  • support the development and/or continuous improvement of HRDD processes; and
  • promote consistent approaches to identify and address actual and potential human rights impacts.

A summary of the guidance is available here.

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