Working with Governments

Effective engagement with host states is often identified as a major challenge for companies.  Identifying entry points with the host government can be particularly challenging. This is exacerbated when there is a change of government or of key interlocutors or when responsibility for security is devolved to regional or local levels. Also, raising the VPs or other security and human rights concerns with host governments can be a sensitive topic. Perception and trust issues need to be managed in order to allow for an open, trusting conversation between host government and private companies. These and other challenges are presented in the corresponding chapter of the Toolkit “Addressing security and human rights challenges in complex environments”, followed by a series of good practices and tools that can help addressing these issues. Below you will find additional guidance, tools and case studies that can inform companies’ engagement with host governments.

The Toolkit is a guidance document which addresses real-life security and human rights challenges indentified through engagement with many stakeholders. For each listed “Challenge”, the Toolkit outlines and summarises good practices and recommendations and provides practical tools such as checklists, templates and case studies. See section 1 on “Working with Host Governments”.

The Montreux Document Forum (MDF) provides a platform for Montreux Document (MD) participants to address challenges, share good practices, and discuss international legal obligations regarding the regulation of private military and security companies. The MDF supports outreach and implementation of the Montreux Document. The MDF is co-chaired by Switzerland and the International Committee of the Red Cross, with the support of DCAF as the Secretariat.

Please find more information and access to the Montreux Document itself in our ‘Private Security Providers’ section here.

This guidance document aims to support the implementation and evaluation of the ten ‘Principles for responsible contracts: integrating the management of human rights risks into State-investor contract negotiations: guidance for negotiators’ (UN, 2011), one of which states that physical security must be provided in a manner consistent with human rights principles and standards. The guidance includes checklists with human rights relevant questions to ensure that the roles and responsibilities of the host-State and the company are clearly understood and articulated. Furthermore it provides a human rights compliance assessment module based on the mentioned ‘Principles for Responsible Contracts’.

This guidance document “aims to assist companies in implementing responsible business practices in conflict-affected and high-risk areas consistent with the Global Compact Ten Principles.” It highlights key ‘challenges’ for companies in high-risk areas and identifies directly related ‘guidance points’ to help them improve their responsible conduct. See section 3 on ‘Government Relations’.

This Good Practice Note presents potential approaches for engaging with host governments regarding human rights concerns. The Note draws on past experiences and lessons learned by businesses, and identifies general courses of action. See section 4 on ‘Options for Action’.

The toolkit aims to provide a systematic and objective way to quantify and agree ways to enhance mining’s economic and social contribution. It consists of eight modules through which the reader can learn how to understand the social and economic impact mining has on the host country. The eight modules are the following: 1) Mining and the host country; 2) The participating mining operation and its economic and social initiatives and partners; 3) Measuring the mining industry’s contribution to the host country; 4) The proximate aspects of governance that help or hinder mining’s economic and social performance; 5) Measuring the participating mine’s positive and negative contributions to local communities; 6) Analyzing the life cycle impact of the participating mine on the host country’s macroeconomic aggregates; 7) Impact of mining on governance; and 8) Communicating your findings. There are a number of worksheet and database templates to help the reader complete each of the modules in the toolkit. See module 1 on ‘Mining and the host country’.

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