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Consultation on Sector Discussion Papers extended through 15 July

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.

After receiving numerous requests from stakeholders, the the public comment period on the three sector-specific Discussion Papers regarding the Employment & Recruitment Agencies [11 pages], ICT [16 pages] and Oil & Gas sectors [15 pages] has been extended through 15 July 2012.

The purpose of the Discussion Papers is to both stimulate dialogue at the first round of sector-specific Roundtables hosted by the European Commission in Brussels from 30 May – 1 June 2012, as well as from all interested stakeholders within this online consultation.

The Discussion Papers outline the key human rights impacts, contextual factors and process challenges raised in stakeholder consultations to date.

They do not represent fixed conclusions on the part of the Shift and IHRB Project Team, but instead highlight a number of key issues for further exploration and enquiry as part of the development of the forthcoming sector guidance that will be the final output for the project.

Stakeholders are invited to comment on one, two or all three of the papers according to their own interest and expertise. If possible, submissions should be made in English, French, German, Italian or Spanish.

The Project Team seeks feedback on each Discussion Paper by 15 July 2012 to in response to the following questions in particular:

  • Does the Discussion Paper identify the most serious and the most likely impacts that companies in this sector may have on human rights?
  • Does the Discussion Paper identify the major challenges that companies in this sector are facing in respecting human rights?
  • Are there good practices in addressing these human rights challenges that could be built on in developing the forthcoming guidance on the corporate responsibility to respect in this sector?
  • What form should the forthcoming guidance take in order to add greatest value in advancing respect for human rights in this sector?
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