Participation and Implementation Guidance
Any company in an extractive industry is eligible to participate in the Voluntary Principles. Applicant companies must submit an action plan for the methods they use and will use to uphold and promote the Voluntary Principles in their operations. Applicant companies are accepted via a consensus or 75% approval vote.
This fact sheet provides guidance to NGOs as to what the Voluntary Principles are, responsibilities under the Principles, and the benefits of joining.
This fact sheet provides guidance to government as to what the Voluntary Principles are, responsibilities under the Principles, and the benefits of joining.
The objective of this report is to provide companies with a summary of the experiences and learning to date associated with implementation of the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights . The report notes that most companies found the Voluntary Principles to be beneficial in reducing their risk overall, from reputation concerns to legal liability. The report also identifies best practices from companies trying to apply the Principles to their global operations.
This document is a detailed guide designed to help companies, their employees, and contractors implement the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights. They are non-prescriptive and provides a range of different tools on which companies may draw, according to their individual needs and circumstances. A section is decided to utilizing private security providers in accordance with the Voluntary Principles.
The entry process for NGOs into the Voluntary Principles requires a consensus from participating members or a 75% approval vote by members. NGOs must have a record of promoting human rights and peace, be able to contribute to the Voluntary Principles, and be independent.
This fact sheet provides guidance to companies as to what the Voluntary Principles are, responsibilities under the Principles, and the benefits of joining.
The Participation Criteria for the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights articulate the responsibilities of current and future members of the initiative. Some of the key features of the criteria include: minimum requirements for participation; a dispute resolution process to raise concerns about the performance of a participant; accountability mechanisms that include the possibility of expulsion; and more transparent procedures for accepting new members.
This documents outlines strategy for implementing and expanding the Voluntary Principles through 2016. Goals include expanding membership in the Government pillar; reviewing entry criteria; and enhancing civil society participation at the national and international levels.
This toolkit on implementation of the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights outlines how to develop and implement a VPSHR plan and how to gain senior management buy-in along the way. It would be impractical to provide a deﬁnitive, complete recipe book for compliance in all situations; rather, this document is a starting point for companies and projects to develop site-level VPSHR implementation plans tailored to their speciﬁc location and needs.
The framework outlines the steps for a government to be admitted into a role as either a 'engaged' or 'participating' government. Engaged governments have observer roles, while participatory governments are voting members of the group. Participating governments must develop a plan to uphold the Voluntary Principles in their territory.
This document on Governance Rules for the Voluntary Principles delineates the exact procedures and structure of the organization's governing body. It includes voting procedure, meeting processes, and the responsibilities of the Secretariat, the Plenary Body and the Steering Committee.