Conflict & peace

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1. Tools & guidance

2. Examples of uses

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1. Tools & guidance

"Human Rights Due Diligence in High Risk Circumstances: Practical Strategies for Businesses", Shift, 5 Mar 2015

"Language to be included in a Template for States’ National Action Plans (NAPs) for the Implementation of the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs)", Al-Haq, 20 Feb 2014
Refers to businesses operating in conflict zones

“Business and human rights in conflict-affected regions: challenges and options towards State response”, 27 May 2011
This report was published prior to the endorsement of the Guiding Principles.  It was prepared as part of the mandate of John Ruggie, Special Representative of the Secretary-General on the Issue of Human Rights and Transnational Corporations and other Business Enterprises.

”Conflict-Free Gold Standard”, World Gold Council, 18 Oct 2012

“Seminar reps draft recommendations for extractives sectors”, Myanmar Times, 15 Oct 2012
“Seminar participants jointly agreed on a set of seven recommendations aimed at reducing conflict.”
-“Workshop Summary “Sharing on Corporate Social Responsibility”, David Allan, Spectrum, Nov 2012
“Participants discussed many issues associated with extractives industries in Myanmar, studied case studies from other resource-rich countries and brainstormed possible solutions applicable in Myanmar.”

For further tools & guidance, see the Resource Centre’s Tools & Guidance Portal.


2. Examples of uses

"Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights annual plenary - Keynote remarks - Alexandra Guáqueta [Montreux, Switzerland, 26 Mar]", Alexandra Guáqueta, chair of UN Working Group on business & human rights 26 Mar 2014

"Allen & Overy publishes second issue of 'The Business and Human Rights Review'", Allen & Overy's Human Rights Working Group, 10 Jun 2013
See "Getting it Right in Myanmar", p. 18

US Department of State, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights & Labor, US Department of State, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights & Labor, 1 May 2013
See section V

Ethical Procurement is a No-Brainer…and Legal
Mark Taylor, The Laws of Rule, 16 Jan 2013
Refers to companies allegedly contributing to conflict – company comments provided.

“Why human rights matter: a resource guide for integrating human rights into Communities and Social Performance work at Rio Tinto”, Rio Tinto, in partnership with Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining (CSRM), Sustainable Minerals Institute at The University of Queensland, Jan 2013
see section 2.2.2 “Understanding the human rights context” and case study 3.

”Diplomatic note” refers to US initiatives related to business & conflict, Permanent Mission of the USA to the UN in Geneva, 5 Dec 2012

Challenges in Conflict Zones - Panel Discussion at UN Forum on Business and Human Rights
Session facilitated by Gerald Pachoud, UN Peacebuilding Support Office & Scott Jerbi, Geneva Academy for Intl. Humanitarian Law and Human Rights
- Mr. Daniel Avila Camacho, Director Presidential Programme for Integrated Mine Action (PPAICMA), Colombia
- Mr. Dan Baer, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for human rights, USA
- H.E. Amb. Claude Wild, Head of Human Security Division, Federal Dept. of Foreign Affairs, Switzerland
For more from UN Forum on Business and Human Rights, click here

”Mind the gap: Private Sector in the Arms Trade Treaty”, Paloma Muños, Advisor Danish Institute for Human Rights, 27 Nov 2012

“Online Safety under Repressive Regimes: What is the Responsibility of Technology Companies?”, Meg Roggensack, Human Rights First, 19 Oct 2012

“Reporting Requirements on Responsible Investment in Burma”, Conflict Risk Network, 4 Oct 2012

"New Guardian film showcases ongoing abuse of civilians in eastern Congo's mines", Global Witness, in Guardian (UK), 16 Sep 2011
Calling for US conflict minerals regulations to mirror UN Guiding Principles.

“Best Practice Mining in Colombia”, Robert Goodland, for Ikv Pax Christi, 3 Aug 2012
“Further work needs to be done…building peaceful and democratic solutions to local conflicts.”

"Conflict Risk Network calls on Italian oil company to ensure it's not fueling Qaddafi", Conflict Risk Network, 1 Aug 2011

“Promoting Peace & Protecting Human Rights: Business Operations in Conflict Zones”, Jenny Vaughan, Program Officer on Mercy Corps’ Youth & Conflict Management team

“Business and Conflict Prevention: Towards a Framework for Action”, Brian Ganson, Africa Centre for Dispute Settlement, University of Stellenbosch Business School in Geneva Peacebuilding Platform, 2011

 

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