Nairobi Process: A Pact for Responsible Business
First quarterly meeting of the Extractive Sector Forum in Kenya, facilitating regular dialogue and information sharing on extractives projects to identify issues, build trust and provide an opportunity for capacity building.
The ‘Nairobi Process: A Pact for Responsible Business' is an initiative developed by the Institute for Human Rights and Business (IHRB) in collaboration with the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR) which aims to embed the application of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights in the extractives sector in Kenya.
By addressing human rights challenges alongside issues of transparency, accountability and environmental and social impacts, the Nairobi Process aims to contribute to a more sustainable and equitable extractive sector in the country.
The Nairobi Process focuses on several strands of engagement within Kenya’s emerging extractives sector:
The Extractives Forum, bringing together multinational and national extractive companies, ‘majors’ and ‘juniors (smaller exploration companies), civil society groups, communities and the Government of Kenya to address collaboratively key areas of human rights concern as this nascent sector develops over the coming years.
Advocacy with government to implement its duties to protect rights under the UN Guiding Principles and integrate relevant international corporate responsibility standards into new legislation.
Business-to-business learning by bringing major and junior exploration and production companies together to explore common challenges and good practice based on international standards.
Capacity-building with National Human Rights Institutions in East Africa and civil society actors on the application of the UN Guiding Principles and other international standards.
Engagement with the World Bank - Government of Kenya’s Kenya Extractives Technical Assistance Programme (KEPTAP), and in particular its forthcoming Strategic Environmental and Social Impact Assessment to bring a human rights focus and voices to the assessment and subsequent government plans for the sector.
The Extractive Forum and earlier Nairobi Process meetings, briefings commentaries and podcasts: