Global Compact Releases Draft Guide for Business on Indigenous Peoples’ Rights, Calls for Comments
UN Global Compact release, 10 December 2012

UN HEADQUARTERS, NEW YORK: The UN Global Compact has released for comment the exposure draft of the Business Reference Guide on the UN Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). 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 in the UNDRIP and what to do to respect and support them. The Guide illustrates how indigenous peoples’ 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 consent-seeking; 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. The exposure draft will be open for public consultation and comment until 1 June 2013. Comments should be submitted to undrip(at)unglobalcompact.org. Read the release … Further information … Download the exposure draft [pdf] …

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