GOOD PRACTICE: The Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights
Established in 2000, the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights – an initiative by governments, non-governmental organizations, and companies – provides guidance to business in the extractive and energy sectors on maintaining the safety and security of their operations within a framework that ensures respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. The Voluntary Principles are the only human rights guidelines designed specifically for oil, gas and mining companies. They cover three categories: risk assessment, public security and private security. As stated in the Voluntary Principles: “The participants recognize the importance of the promotion and protection of human rights throughout the world and the constructive role business and civil society – including non-governmental organizations, labour/trade unions, and local communities – can play in advancing these goals.”
GOOD PRACTICE: Skills-based education for refugee children
An international consulting company with project management expertise teamed up with an international organization to bring educational resources to refugee children. A major initiative in this collaboration has been the provision of skills-based education for approximately 30,000 refugee children in eastern Chad. By bringing its management expertise, the business supported the international organisation in defining tangible actions, deliverables and metrics to highlight progress. A key challenge is that ongoing conflict and instability on the ground have made it difficult to establish sustained education programmes and provide children with an appropriate curriculum for a consistent period of time. Programme entry questionnaires seek to identify key child protection concerns to facilitate addressing them as part of the initiative. The company is also helping to raise public awareness on the situation of refugees.
GOOD PRACTICE: Employees support every child’s right to education
A leading global financial institution has committed to improving education on a global scale and to supporting efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals to ensure that every child has access to quality basic education. The employees are the cornerstone of the programme’s success. Since the launch in 2005, company employees have donated their time and money to projects for many local children’s initiatives. The financial institution contributes to their efforts by matching all donations. To date, these efforts have contributed US$13 million for education projects.