Chief executive Sam Walsh will address an event at the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London as the UK’s year-long chairmanship of the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights (VPSHR) comes to a close...On 17 March 2015, Sam will address an audience including representatives of VPSHR member companies, governments and civil society. He will share his thoughts on the value of the VPSHR and the importance of multi-stakeholder engagement in helping build stability and create mutual value for the mining industry’s stakeholders.
Annual Plenary on Voluntary Principles on Security & Human Rights (17-18 Mar)
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Author: Barrick Gold
In an effort to increase the transparency of our security and human rights related policies, procedures and programs, we have produced this report. We hope that this document will help to share our learning and best practices in this area, and help us to continue to improve our program.
Author: Rio Tinto
Author: US Department of State
On March 18, 2015, the United States assumed the Chairmanship of the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights (VPs) Initiative at the closing of this year’s Annual Plenary Meeting in London. In the VPs Initiative, governments, companies and non-governmental organizations work together to guide oil, gas, and mining companies in minimizing the risk of human rights abuses involving security providers when companies extract resources in some of the toughest parts of the world. At the VPs Plenary Meeting, participants formally launched verification frameworks that will provide a credible and practical system to assess implementation of the Principles. These frameworks will help ensure that companies maintain high standards in their security operations when they do business in difficult parts of the world. Ensuring successful use of the verification frameworks will be a key priority for the U.S. Government as we enter our chairmanship.
2014 Annual Report of the Government of the United States of America for the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights Initiative
Author: US Department of State
Each member of the VPs Initiative is required to report to VPs Initiative participants annually on their efforts to implement the VPs. The U.S. Government has prepared this public report in line with our commitment to make our participation in the VPs Initiative as transparent as possible.
Author: UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office, James Duddridge MP
Minister James Duddridge opens plenary of the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights Initiative, concluding the UK’s chairmanship. On 17 March, Minister with responsibility for Conflict Issues James Duddridge opened the Annual Plenary Meeting of the Voluntary Principles Initiative in London. Around 150 figures, representing governments, extractive companies and non-governmental organisations participating in the Initiative, were in attendance. The Plenary marks the conclusion of the UK’s year-long chairmanship of the Initiative, and coincides with the publication of the Annual Report of the Voluntary Principles. During the Plenary, participants will discuss security and human rights challenges, and share best practice. The 2014 annual report, which details our work to support the Voluntary Principles and strengthen the initiative, can be found here.