VPs101: New Resource Shows How to Maintain Security in Compliance with Human Rights in 10 Steps
February 2, 2022 •
The Voluntary Principles Initiative (VPI) is proud to launch a new tool to support companies and security professionals in starting their efforts to establish a meaningful security and human rights program that includes implementing the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights (VPSHR) by following 10 steps. The tool named 10 Steps to Maintain Security in Compliance with Human Rights (also known as “VPs101”) was developed by VPI Members and includes a checklist of key tasks and supporting resources to achieve successful implementation on the ground.
The tool was designed to help companies establish a meaningful security and human rights program that is aligned to the business strategy and to identify and manage security and human rights risks that could negatively impact key stakeholders and business operations. It also promotes a security environment where companies and public and private security providers work together to address challenging situations with a high potential for human rights abuse. Ultimately, the new resource is an important first step for those starting on the path of implementation of the VPSHR, offering “101 guidance” for those interested in conducting security operations in a manner that respects human rights, and includes suggested resources for more detailed guidance on a variety of topics.
The 10 Steps to Maintain Security in Compliance with Human Rights document is available on the Resource Library page of the VPI website.
About the Voluntary Principles
The Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights are an internationally recognized set of principles that guide companies on how to conduct their security operations while ensuring respect for human rights.
The Voluntary Principles were created in 2000 when companies, governments, and NGOs committed to work together to address security-related human rights abuses and violations in the extractive sector. Today, the Principles help companies in various industries conduct a conflict analysis, identify and understand the security and human rights risks in the environment in which they operate, and take meaningful steps to address these risks.
To promote implementation of the Principles, the Voluntary Principles Initiative (VPI) was created. The Initiative is comprised of over 55 members including companies, governments, and non-governmental organizations that share best practices and mutually support the implementation of the Principles.
Contact the VPI Secretariat at firstname.lastname@example.org.