Reports & Analysis
Call for Comments on UN Guide to Support Respect of Indigenous Peoples’ Rights by Private Sector
The United Nations Global Compact has developed a Business Reference Guide on the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), which is now open for public consultation until June 2013.
There is growing pressure on businesses, and drive from within businesses, to ensure that they meet their international obligations and respect human rights and that they play a part in supporting and promoting human rights in order to maintain their social and legal licence to operate and be more sustainable and inclusive.
Responding to this interest and demand from the private sector, the UN Global Compact has developed a Business Reference Guide on the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). An exposure draft of this Guide is available here for public consultation and comment until 1 June 2013.
The implementation of the UNDRIP is a key area of focus for the UN-REDD Programme, particularly given the consideration of the Declaration in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC) Cancun Safeguards for REDD+. The UN-REDD Programme is supporting adherence to the UNDRIP in its activities through the application of the Programme’s Guidelines on Stakeholder Engagement in REDD+ and, its Guidelines on Free, Prior and Informed Consent which you can read more about here.
The UN-REDD Programme will provide comments to the UN Global Compact Guide and encourages colleagues and partners to do the same to ensure that the guide is as comprehensive and useful as possible.
Development of the Guide was initiated by a taskforce of Global Compact LEAD companies that wanted to increase their and other companies’ understanding of the rights outlined in the UNDRIP and how to respect and support them.
The Guide illustrates how rights may be impacted positively or negatively by businesses and provides practical suggestions for business action. Part I outlines key actions for businesses to take in relation to indigenous peoples’ rights, including making a policy commitment; due diligence; consultation and seeking consent; and having an effective grievance mechanism. Part II illustrates each right in the UNDRIP, suggests practical actions that businesses should take to respect each right and could take voluntarily to support each right, and gives illustrative examples.