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Executive summary

Author: Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, Sonen Capital, Transform Finance, Published on: 24 April 2017

Specific actions investors can take include:

  • Prior to investment: Ensure human rights due diligence is undertaken as per UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs) as a condition for investing and structure investments so as to maximize the ability to influence respect of human rights.
  • During investment: Monitor human rights performance of investments and engage with companies to encourage respecting communities’ rights as per the UNGPs. If the company is not receptive, increase pressure e.g. through collaboration with peers or divest.
  • Both prior to and during investment: Engage with companies or asset managers with specific questions on human rights and take steps to verify information; engage with governments, civil society, trade unions, communities, and others to encourage community-led best practices and renewable energy that respects human rights.

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