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Roundtable No. 139 - Mitigating Gender-Based Violence Risks in the Natural Resources Sector

June 20, 2018 | Washington, D.C.

Women and children are often disproportionately impacted by conflict and violence – and are often at risk of sexual assault and human rights abuses by security forces. Implicit within international best practices for business and human rights is the need to identify and mitigate risks of human rights abuses. The Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights (VPSHR) guides companies on undertaking these risk assessments – but do not explicitly highlight gender concerns. One of the most prevalent forms of human rights abuses by public and private security forces is sexual harassment or violence perpetrated against women.

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Roundtable No. 138 - Voluntary Principles In-Country Implementation: Challenges, Lessons and Opportunities

March 12, 2018 | Washington, D.C.

The VPs Strategy Document 2016-2019 places particular emphasis on the development of in-country working groups. Indeed, these working groups can play a key role in supporting implementation on the ground of the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights. In order to maximize the positive role that these groups can play there is a need to learn from experience to date. Within the framework of DCAF’s Security and Human Rights Implementation Mechanism, DCAF and Fund for Peace are conducting a project to analyse, document and share the challenges, lessons and good practices from current VPs in-country implementation efforts.

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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.

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Roundtable No. 136 - Approaches to Conflict Mitigation in the Oil and Mining Sectors - Perspectives from Ghana

September 7, 2017 | Washington, D.C.

With the recent release of the National Action Plan on Responsible Business Conduct in December 2016, the U.S. Government mapped out its priorities and primary areas of focus to encourage high standards of conduct for American business. As the U.S. Government finds itself in a period of political transition, stakeholders in government, civil society, and the corporate sector are now seeking to understand what direction the incoming Administration may take on business and human rights going forward.

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Roundtable No. 135 - Implementation of Security and Human Rights Initiatives in Nigeria

May 18, 2017 | Washington, D.C.

Nigeria, Africa’s largest economy and home to abundant natural resources, is also no stranger to cycles of conflict and violence. The intersection between business and human rights, and how companies ensure their operations are secure while also respecting the rights of communities, is an important issue amidst insecurity within the country.

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Roundtable No. 134 - The U.S. Government’s Approach to Business & Human Rights through Transition

March 22, 2017 | Washington, D.C.

With the recent release of the National Action Plan on Responsible Business Conduct in December 2016, the U.S. Government mapped out its priorities and primary areas of focus to encourage high standards of conduct for American business. As the U.S. Government finds itself in a period of political transition, stakeholders in government, civil society, and the corporate sector are now seeking to understand what direction the incoming Administration may take on business and human rights going forward.

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Roundtable No. 133 - Client-Driven Demand for Standards in the Private Security Sector

December 8, 2016 | Washington, D.C.

Join us for our next Human Rights & Business Roundtable meeting which will take place on Thursday, December 8. Commercial sites the world over rely on private security companies to protect their people, property, and production. However, when private security comes into contact with communities, there can be a real risk of tensions, conflict escalation, and at worse, human rights abuses. It is therefore imperative that clients ensure that their private security personnel are properly vetted, well-trained, supervised, and most importantly, operate to international standards.

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Roundtable No. 132 - Beyond CSR: Private Sector Led Development

September 27, 2016 | Washington, D.C.

Join us for our next Human Rights & Business Roundtable meeting which will take place on Tuesday, September 27. The concept of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) has evolved rapidly in recent years. In the past, CSR often centered on business supporting development goals through charitable giving such as building schools or medical clinics for local communities. However, in recent years the view of CSR has expanded to focus more on long-term, sustainable benefits that can be brought to communities, often through private-public partnerships. Indeed, some contemporary CSR efforts have begun to focus on the role of business in supporting supporting structural reform, such as peace building, the protection of human rights, and the inter-relationship with economic development.

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Roundtable No. 131 - Mandatory Versus Voluntary

June 15, 2016 | Washington, D.C.

Join us for our next Human Rights & Business Roundtable meeting which will take place on Wednesday, June 15. The issue of conflict minerals in fragile and conflict-affected areas such as the Democratic Republic of Congo has long been a serious human rights concern, with linkages to armed groups and organized crime, and the widespread use of child labour. Though the problem was clear, finding a solution was not easy. Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Act sought to address this issue legislatively, and five years on, opinions on its success are divided. This Roundtable will examine two distinct, but interrelated issues: how to effectively attempt to manage illegal and artisanal mining, and whether legislation is, or can be, a viable answer to complex political, social, and economic problems in countries a world away.

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Roundtable No. 130 - Public Health Emergencies: The Risk to Operations and Communities

March 17, 2016 | Washington, D.C.

Join us for our next Human Rights & Business Roundtable meeting which will take place on Thursday, March 17. Pandemics such as Ebola can become serious public health crises, as was seen recently in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. But they can also become serious security issues as well, both in terms of the authorities’ ability to keep order, but also for business operations. This problem can become even more acute in remote locations, where a company site may have the only functioning health clinic for miles around, and companies that may be in a state of lock-down might be confronted by local communities desperate for help. This Roundtable will examine how public health crises can represent a serious security risk for companies and communities, with an emphasis on the need for robust emergency preparedness.

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