ON SECURITY AND HUMAN RIGHTS
Avanzar has developed its own audit protocol for assessing corporate compliance with the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights. Our tool assesses corporate policies, procedures and stakeholders’ perceptions for a comprehensive review of the gaps in compliance and the potential for conflict if the gap is not filled.
The audit template is comprised of seven sections, or categories, of assessment. The majority of content (5 of the 7 categories) in the template directly tests conformance to the Voluntary Principles. The risk assessment template also includes indicators that draw on Avanzar’s experience in engagement with external stakeholders including local communities, Indigenous Peoples, and illegal miners.
SAMPLE PROJECTS INCLUDE:
Voluntary Principles Assessment: Over the past 12 years, Avanzar has carried out over 100 assessments against the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights at extractive projects worldwide. This includes work in conflict sensitive areas such as Papua New Guinea, DRC, Tanzania, and Guatemala.
For three mining companies, Avanzar has supplemented the Voluntary Principles assessment with a review of compliance with the UNICEF Child Rights and Security Checklist.