This website provides practical knowledge and tools focusing on social, environmental and economic development issues for companies, civil society, local and regional governments.
Please find attached the documetns on the right hand bar as helpful prereading materials for IFC Sustainability Summit 2013.
Toolkit and Guidance for Preventing and Managing Land and Natural Resources Conflict ( Extractive Industries and Conflict )
Experience shows that tackling the underlying causes of EI conflict requires a concerted and multifaceted approach that encompasses governance, macro- and micro-economic stability, capacity enhancement, and creative approaches that increase opportunities for dialogue while contributing to the peaceful resolution of conflict. This GN paper identifies six key opportunities for preventing conflicts related to EIs.
The OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises are far reaching recommendations for responsible business conduct that 44 adhering governments – representing all regions of the world and accounting for 85% of foreign direct investment – encourage their enterprises to observe wherever they operate.
Companies often rely on local government support for provision of basic health services to communities around the project areas. However, large scale operations create additional health risks for communities and local staff due to environmental and social impacts. In some cases, projects in remote areas attract significant in-migration causing strain on local infrastructure and services. These impacts if not addressed well, cause negative sentiments around business operations increasing local level risk and feed negatively into company’s bottom line. Responsible companies adopt community investment in improving or supplementing local health services and take proactive measures such as providing good quality basic health management information. In this section, you will find guidelines and information that can help companies implement basic level of health risk assessment and management around company operations. Please click on the links to view each module or download interactive PDF's from the right hand bar. Assessing Health Needs and Capacity of Health Facilities Food Safety Water Quality Testing Rapid Health Assessment Guidance Latrines and Disease Prevention Vector-borne diseases Generic Household Survey- Rapid Assessment
The present document provides a summary of the discussions of the first annual Forum on Business and Human Rights, held on 4 and 5 December 2012. Due to the word limit of the document and the scale of the event (21 substantive sessions), this summary does not purport to cover the depth and breadth of the discussions at the Forum. It provides a brief overview of the proceedings and should be read as an executive summary together with the session concept notes, statements received, written submissions and session web recordings that are available on the Forum website.
To better understand the renewed hope, future prospects and potential pitfalls of Collaborating for a Sustainable Future, SustainAbility and GlobeScan surveyed 800 global experts in 74 countries representing business, government, NGO and academic perspectives.
The Future Role of Civil Society report is the outcome of an eight-month project, in collaboration with KPMG International and involving over 200 leaders and experts, looking at how trends in technology, politics, society, economics and the environment are affecting the evolution of civil society and its implications for stakeholders. The report presents the main global trends impacting the relationships between sectors, highlights the value that civil society provides and explores how the role of civil society might change over the coming two decades as a result.
Why human rights matter ( A resource guide for integrating human rights into Communities and Social Performance work at Rio Tinto )
This guide focuses on what due diligence, risk assessment and community engagement mean in a human rights context, examines why human rights matter in Communities and Social Performance (CSP) work, and illustrates how our processes and systems align with international standards and expectations, using real-life examples we have encountered in our business.
The extraction and processing of minerals and metals to provide goods and services essential to human society is as old as human development itself. Minerals and metals have brought huge benefits to society – they are vital commodities that serve as a foundation to society’s material quality of life. In today’s world, population growth, urbanization, social and economic development and even demands for a green (or low carbon) economy are all contributing to an increase in the demand for minerals and metals. However meeting that demand and achieving the benefits comes at a cost.