Roundtable No. 137 - Beyond Oil, Gas and Mining: Experiences of Voluntary Principles Implementation in Different Sectors

December 14, 2017 | Washington, D.C.

The Voluntary Principles on Security & Human Rights were established in 2000 as a practical tool for companies in the oil, gas, and mining sectors to better manage their security arrangements and, in so doing, to respect human rights. Though the Voluntary Principles were created with the extractive sectors specifically in mind, since then other industries have recognized the applicability of the Voluntary Principles to their own, often similar, security and human rights challenges. Indeed, the Voluntary Principles are now being implemented in sectors as diverse as renewable energy, agriculture, infrastructure, transportation and manufacturing, demonstrating the relevance of the Principles in addressing a broad array of business and human rights issues.


FFP's Sustainable Development & Security practice focuses on a wide variety of projects in and around the oil and mining sectors, such as community and multistakeholder engagement, security, risk and human rights assessments, and training of both companies and security personnel. We have worked in over a dozen countries in all corners of the world and were a founding NGO participant of the Voluntary Principles on Security & Human Rights.

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