Business & Human Rights Resource Centre (BHRRC)
CDA Collaborative Learning Projects
The Fund for Peace (VPs member)
Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF) (VPs Observer)
Global Business Initiative on Human Rights (GBI)
Global Rights (VPs member)
Human Rights First
Human Rights Watch (VPs member)
The Institute for Human Rights and Business (IHRB) (VPs observer)
International Alert (VPs member)
International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) (VPs observer)
International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) (VPs observer)
International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH)
IPIECA - The Global Oil and Gas Industry Association for Environmental and Social Issues (VPs observer)
International Finance Corporation (IFC) (VPs observer)
Network on Business, Conflict and Human Rights (BCHR)
Pact (VPs member)
Partners for Democratic Change International (PDCI) (VPs member)
Partnership Africa Canada (PAC) (VPs member)
Search for Common Ground (SFCG) (VPs member)
Amnesty International is an international non-governmental organisation which has for over 50 years campaigned to expose and end violations of human rights. It is among other things campaigning for a stronger legal framework which can ensure the extractive industry’s compliance with its human rights obligations.
BHRRC is a non-profit organisation drawing attention to the human rights impacts (positive and negative) of over 5600 companies, operating all over the world. The BHRRC website is updated hourly with news and reports about business and human rights and always attempts to remain ‘fair and objective’ by representing all sides of debates and giving companies an opportunity to respond to allegations of misconduct before posting them.
The Carter Center seeks to advance peace and health worldwide. A non-governmental organization, the Center focuses on conflict resolution, advancing democracy, human rights, and economic opportunity; preventing diseases; improving mental health care; and teaching farmers to increase crop production in 70 different countries.
CDA is a US-based non-profit organisation which offers assistance to international actors engaged in peace practices and sustainable development projects. Based on “the premise that experience is a good teacher”, CDA’s collaborative learning processes focus on gathering experiences from different actors engaged in peace practices in order to identify patterns and lessons and avoid repeating mistakes of the past. These processes involve humanitarian assistance and development agencies, peace practice groups, as well as corporate enterprises.
The Fund for Peace is a non-profit organisation which aims to prevent violent conflict and promote sustainable security in weak and failing states. As a research and educational organization it develops and promotes policy tools that bring together private businesses and local populations. Its activities relate to the following themes: a) Conflict early warning and assessment; b) Transnational threats; and c) Sustainable development, sustainable security.
DCAF is an international foundation whose mission is to assist the international community in pursuing good governance and reform of the security sector. The Centre provides in‐country advisory support and practical assistance programmes, develops and promotes norms and standards, conducts tailored policy research, and identifies good practices and recommendations to promote democratic security sector governance.
GBI is a not-for-profit organisation led by a core group of 18 corporations from different industries (including extractives) established to provide support and a peer platform for companies seeking to meet their responsibility to respect human rights. GBI focuses on three interrelated programmes of work: Informing Policy, Peer Learning, and Outreach & Capacity Building. These key programmatic areas area aimed help companies “work simultaneously on implementing respect for human rights, building partnerships and knowledge, and tracking policy and legal developments.”
Global Rights supports and cooperates with local activists and organisations in Africa, Asia and Latin America to promote and protect the rights of marginalized communities. Taking a grass roots approach, the organisation trains local partners to expose human rights abuse, conducts community outreach and advocates for legal and policy reforms.
Human Rights First is a non-profit human rights organisation which emphasises the responsibility of the U.S. government and private companies to respect human rights and the rule of law in their operations. Human Rights First has helped to develop multi-stakeholder initiatives, which bring together human rights organisations, governments and corporations to ensure a stronger compliance with human rights.
Human Rights Watch uncovers, publicises and addresses human rights violations around the world. It reports on various actors’ human rights compliance and promotes and supports initiatives that bring greater justice and security to people all over the globe. Every year, Human Rights Watch publishes over 100 reports and briefings on human rights conditions in about 90 countries.
The IHRB is a London based centre of excellence and expertise dedicated to developing research and influencing policy, raising awareness, evaluating practice and building capacity on the interface of the private sector and human rights. A particular focus of the Institute is consultative research on human rights challenges faced by the extractive industries. In one of its current projects, the ‘Nairobi Process: A Pact for Responsible Business’, the IHRB, in cooperation with the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights, promotes the VPs as a guidance tool to ensure human rights due diligence in the oil and gas exploration in Kenya.
Working in over 25 countries, International Alert offers support and advice to governments, companies and local populations on how to end violent conflict and support peace. A particular focus of International Alert is the role businesses play in high-risk environments and their influence on peace.
The ICRC is an independent and neutral humanitarian organization with a mandate essentially stemming from the Geneva Conventions of 1949. It works in about 80 countries to provide humanitarian help for people affected by conflict and armed violence and to promote the laws that protect victims of war.
ICMM seeks to improve sustainable development performance in the mining and metals industry. It consists of 21 mining and metals companies as well as 33 national and regional mining associations and global commodity associations to address core sustainable development challenges. ICMM’s four work programmes focus on: a) Environment and Climate Change; b) Health and Safety; c) Materials Stewardship; and d) Social and Economic Development.
FIDH is an international NGO that advocates through a number of national member and partner organisations for all civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights, set out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. One of its focus areas is Business and Human Rights, where FIDH supports the process of establishing standards for the respect of human rights by transnational corporations.
IPIECA is the only global association involving both the upstream and downstream oil and gas industry on environmental and social issues. Its membership includes 36 companies and 16 associations, accounting for over half of world’s oil production. IPIECA helps the industry improve its environmental and social performance by developing and promoting good practices and solutions; enhancing knowledge and understanding; and working in partnership with key stakeholders.
As a member of the World Bank Group, the IFC is an international financial institution with the goal to reduce poverty and raise peoples’ living standards by “creating opportunity where it’s needed most”. Part of this mission is to establish sustainable economic benefits from natural resource extraction for developing countries and communities. It therefore supports initiatives which ensure community benefits and development, as well as health and remedy programmes.
The recently established BCHR Network bring together academics, researchers, practitioners and NGO representatives from various fields with the aim of researching and analysing the role of business in conflict situations to reduce the human and people's rights violations and any other negative social and environmental impact as well as other adverse consequences.
Pact is an international non-governmental organisation with more than 10,000 local partners around the world, which supports marginalized communities in their struggles regarding health, livelihoods and natural resource management. Its stated goal is to build bridges between communities, institutions and governments which foster a peaceful and sustainable resource management. This integrated approach addresses the respective needs of the different local communities.
PDCI is a global partnership of twenty independent, local organisations in Europe, the Americas, Africa and the Middle East. The common aim of the Partners is to promote alternative methods of dispute management which can ensure peaceful conflict resolution worldwide. Previous and ongoing programmes conducted by the Partners have been in the extractive industries and natural resource management.
PAC is a non-governmental organization working on mitigating conflict in the natural resource sector. It publishes reports and promotes policies on issues relating to conflict, natural resource governance and human rights.
PeaceNexus is a Swiss-based foundation whose mission is to promote a holistic approach to peacebuilding through the combined support of various international and local stakeholders, including governments, companies and civil society. In of their current projects, PeaceNexus assists the Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance (IRMA) develop conflict-sensitive and sustainable business practices, according to which mining companies can be ranked on their environmental, social and governance performance.
Saferworld is an independent international organisation working to prevent violent conflict and to improve local safety and sense of security. Their overall aim is to assist all relevant stakeholders develop a conflict-sensitive approach, including international companies. A recent focus has been on how Chinese companies can contribute to a more stable and prosperous future for local communities in South Sudan.
SFCG is an international non-profit organisation, which facilitates cooperation between different conflict parties through understanding differences, while acting on commonalities. One of its initiatives, the Sustainable Business Practice, brings together stakeholders – companies, governments and communities – to prevent conflict and build long-term partnerships.