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[PDF] Keynote Remarks at Annual Plenary Voluntary Principles on Security & Human Rights

The UN [Guiding Principles] provide high-level guidance, with the expectation that more granular elaboration may be required for specific sectors and operating contexts—which is what the Voluntary Principles address. In short, the VPs can be seen as complementing the UN GPs...I applaud the effort by 14 VPs companies to develop key performance indicators for the VPs...[G]oing forward I would stress the importance for the VPs of ramping up in-country activities...Collective action to advance the VPs agenda needs to expand where it matters most: in the daily lives of affected individuals and communities...VPs concerns need to enter the picture earlier in the investment cycle, to avoid companies being unprepared for all-too-frequent legacy issues.