Request for Proposal for Supporting Gender-Sensitive Implementation of the VPs and Increasing Initiative Capacity to Address the Needs of Other Vulnerable Groups

AMENDED Deadline for Submission of Expression of Interest:  September 9, 2020
AMENDED Proposal Closing Date: September 30, 2020 (CLOSED)

The Voluntary Principles Association completed this RFP process in early 2021.  We received a variety of excellent bids from around the world.  In the end, our evaluation team unanimously selected a joint proposal from Stratos Inc. and IMPACT.

RFP # VPSHR20-2 – Revised version posted August 21, 2020

The complete RFP and instructions for submitting are available here.

For questions and answers related to this Request for Proposal, please see the bottom of this page.


Established in 2000, the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights Initiative (VPI) is an initiative by Governments, NGOs, and Companies that provides guidance to companies on maintaining the safety and security of their operations within an operating framework that ensures respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms.

The VPI provides a platform for members to engage in dialogue and discussion related to best practice and lessons learned regarding security and human rights, especially in the natural resources sector. The VPI is governed by a Steering Committee composed of representatives from the three membership Pillars: Governments, NGOs, and Companies. The VPI is governed by the Governance rules and the Steering Committee.

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The VPA is governed by the Articles of Association and the Board of Directors. The Secretariat, located in Ottawa, Canada, is responsible for the day-to-day business of both the VPI and the VPA and as such will act as a regular point of contact for the selected Bidder. The Secretariat services are currently contracted out to Compass Consulting International Ltd. The Secretariat will be administering this request for proposal on behalf of VPA.

In early 2020, the Government of Canada approved funding to the Voluntary Principles Association for a project titled “Enhancing Gender Equality through the Voluntary Principles” to be completed over 3 years. The purpose of the project is to address gender inequalities and promote greater accountability for the protection of the rights of women and girls, Indigenous peoples, human rights defenders, and other vulnerable groups in the securing of company staff, operations, assets and work sites, including in conflict-affected settings. The project will also seek to promote greater inclusion of women and other human rights and advocacy organizations in the in-country working groups. The consulting team will implement this project under the supervision of the VPI and Secretariat.


The purpose of this consultancy is to support the Voluntary Principles Initiative (VPI) to address gender inequality and for responding to the unique human rights risks faced by vulnerable groups including Indigenous peoples by: 1) Undertaking an analysis of the Principles, VPI policies and guidelines, and related VPI tools for integration of gender equality considerations and responsiveness to the unique human rights risks facing vulnerable groups; and 2) Working with VPI members to develop tools and resources to support members to address issues affecting women, girls and vulnerable groups such as Indigenous peoples arising in the context of securing business operations.

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