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Previous Consultations (May/June 2012)

The Institute for Human Rights and Business (IHRB) and Shift (the Project Team) were selected to carry out the project of developing the three guides for the Commission over the course of 2012.

Update! Guidance drafting template published

As part of the ongoing process to develop useful, practical, sector-specific guidance on implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, the Project Team has developed a
guidance template to assist in the preparation of consultation drafts of each of the three sector documents. The consultation drafts will be made available on this website in early-December 2012.

The Project Team is committed to multi-stakeholder consultation through each phase of the project and looks forward to receiving comments on the draft sector documents from early-December 2012 through to the end of January 2013. Following the comment period, final versions of the sector guidance documents will be revised, completed and released in April 2013.

Stakeholders should note that the guidance template is intended only as a tool in the drafting process to ensure consistency across the three sector documents, and the lengths of the sections in the template do not necessarily reflect the proportionate length of the sections in each final 30 page sector guidance document.

The following sections provide a description of the consultation process as well as public reports and other documents produced to date.

First Multistakeholder Sector Roundtables, 30 May – 1 June 2012, Brussels:

Download the Roundtable report for the:

Employment & Recruitment Agencies sector

ICT sector

Oil & Gas sector

The Project Team are facilitating two sets of multistakeholder roundtables for each sector, bringing together experts from business, civil society, trade unions and other key stakeholder groups. The first set of roundtables was held from 30 May – 1 June 2012, with one day per sector. A short discussion paper based on early stage research (see below) was used to stimulate discussion at each roundtable .

The purpose of the roundtables was to elicit a broad range of perspectives on the leading issues, challenges and opportunities faced by each sector in meeting the responsibility to respect under the UN Guiding Principles. The Project Team produced short reports of the discussion at each roundtable.

Discussion Papers on key human rights impacts, contextual factors and process challenges for First Roundtables:

Download the Sector-Specific Discussion paper for:

Employment & Recruitment Agencies sector

ICT sector

Oil & Gas sector

At the end of May, the Project Team shared for public comment a discussion paper for each sector outlining some of the key human rights impacts, contextual factors and process challenges raised by stakeholders in interviews and research to date.

The papers do not represent fixed conclusions on the part of the Project Team, but instead highlight a number of key issues for further exploration and enquiry as part of the research phase before turning to the drafting of the sector guidance documents themselves. The purpose of the papers was to stimulate focused discussion at the first of two sets of multistakeholder roundtables in Brussels (see above), as well as from other interested stakeholders through an on-line public consultation.

See all submissions received to the consultation here.

Sector Selection:

The European Commission announced in January 2012 that IHRB and Shift had been selected to carry out the project of developing sector-specific human rights guidance on implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights for the European Commission. The IHRB and Shift Project Team’s first project task was to carry out a public consultation on the selection of the three sectors based on a set of objective assessment criteria. In February 2012 the Commission announced that the three sectors to be the focus of the forthcoming guidance would be for the employment and recruitment agencies, ICT and oil and gas sectors.

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