We provide expert human rights and social risk training, assessments and implementation guidance.
AREAS OF EXPERTISE
Our work includes listening to the people and communities affected by the extractive industry, hearing their stories, and finding ways the company can change its practices to prevent negative impacts and promote responsible sustainable development.
Our assessment and stakeholder engagement
services comply with IFC Performance Standards, the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights, the UN Global Compact, and World Gold Council Responsible Gold Mining Principles.
SOCIAL RISK MANAGEMENT
Social disruptions and community conflict can lead to major project delays and cost overruns. Timely and robust management of your company's social risks will reduce the potential for conflict.
The most effective Social Risk Management programs engage local, regional, and national stakeholders with a focus on vulnerable stakeholders. The engagement should be inclusive, transparent, mutually beneficial, and meaningful.
Research reveals that gender-neutral approaches to policies and procedures can render gender issues invisible and marginalize women. Since its founding, Avanzar has proactively included gender considerations in our work since it is crucial for achieving sustainable development.
The United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights requires all companies to assess their actual and potential human rights impacts. Avanzar has been at the forefront of developing processes for identifying, assessing, and managing the salient human rights risks of companies in a participatory manner and training corporate personnel on the importance of understanding and mitigating these risks.
While all people have the same rights as human beings, some groups continue to face discrimination and receive unequal treatment. In practice, their rights are not protected. Children are the most vulnerable in our society. Avanzar's assessments consider potential impacts on child rights.
Conflicts over water are the most common cause of violence in the extractive industry. One fifth of the world’s population suffers water scarcity and this number is increasing with climate change. Avanzar has developed methodologies to reduce corporate-community conflict due to water.