Why use a multi-stakeholder approach?
The Voluntary Principles Initiative is composed of governments, key international non-governmental organizations, and companies in the industries of extracting, harvesting, developing natural resources, or energy. Together, members strengthen their capacity to address complex security and human rights issues in business operations around the world.
Security concerns present particularly challenging issues that benefit from a multi-stakeholder approach. Different stakeholders bring unique perspectives and have access to different types of information. Governments possess diplomatic information related to the security sector; companies have firsthand knowledge regarding the challenges of working with security providers on the ground, and NGOs have access to information regarding impact on local communities. By working together, stakeholders are better equipped to address concerns collectively.
Building trust and learning collectively
The multi-stakeholder aspect of the Voluntary Principles Initiative helps promote the sharing of best practices and provides opportunities for collective learning and problem-solving. These interactions between different stakeholders build trust which, in turn, promotes both improved collaboration to address root causes of existing security and human rights concerns, and coordinated and timely responses to specific challenges that arise over time.
Solving problems together
Engage in mutual learning and joint problem solving with a group that is well versed in security and human rights issues.
Thinking global, acting local
Create joint approaches and partnerships to address the challenges of security and human rights at the international, national and project level.
Bringing a lasting impact
Deepen understanding and collective solutions to complex on-the-ground problems lead to a more lasting positive impact on security and human rights issues.
Alphamin Bisie Mining SA
Barrick Gold Corporation
Newcrest Mining Limited
CME – Seguridad y Derechos Humanos
DCAF – Geneva Centre for Security Sector Governance
ICMM – International Council on Mining & Metals
ICoCA- International Code of Conduct Association
ICRC – International Committee of the Red Cross
IFC – International Finance Corporation
IHRB – Institute for Human Rights and Business
OECD – Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
How to become a member
Applications are assessed during two annual windows. Therefore, all applications must be submitted in writing by March 31 or September 15. Applicants need to demonstrate how they meet the entry criteria. The Steering Committee, in consultation with members, reviews the application and requests additional information, if needed. An applicant may contact the Secretariat to check the status of an application at any time during the process.
2018 Annual Plenary Meeting – Summary Report from Participating Organizations
2017 Annual Plenary Meeting – Summary Report from Participating Organizations
2017 Annual Plenary Meeting – Address by Ronald Roosdorp, Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs
2016 Annual Plenary Meeting – Summary Report from Participating Organizations
2016 Annual Plenary Meeting – Address by Alexandra Guaqueta
2015 Annual Plenary Meeting – Address by Edward Bickham
2015 Annual Plenary Meeting – Summary Report from Participating Organizations
2014 Annual Plenary Meeting – Summary Report from Participating Organizations
2014 Annual Plenary Meeting – Address by Alexandra Guaqueta
2013 Annual Plenary Meeting – Address by John Ruggie
2013 Annual Plenary Meeting – Address by Margaret Jungk
2013 Annual Plenary Meeting – Presentation by the Government of Colombia
2013 Annual Plenary Meeting – Summary Report from Participating Organizations
2012 Annual Plenary Meeting – Summary Report from Participating Organizations
2012 Annual Plenary Meeting – Chair’s Summary of Proceedings
September 2011 Extraordinary Plenary Meeting – John Ruggie’s Keynote Address
September 2011 Extraordinary Plenary Meeting – Summary of Proceedings
2011 Annual Plenary Meeting – Summary Report from Participating Organizations
2011 Annual Plenary Meeting – Remarks by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton
Reaffirms government commitment to the protection of human rights and prevention of conflict. Promotes transparency and good corporate social responsibility practices and encourages a more stable investment environment.
Minimises security-related impacts on communities and aligns corporate policies with internationally recognized human rights principles. It also reduces reputational concerns and contributes to operational stability.
Provides a better understanding of issues related to security and human rights, improving the ability to advocate for change. Provides tools and approaches that can be incorporated into their work.