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5 Feb 2012

Author:
Frank Seier, Right2Respect

[PDF] RE: Enbridge Inc. Response to Human Rights Issues of Northern Gateway Project [Canada]

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Enbridge’s acknowledgement that the potentially impacted communities along its proposed pipeline and tanker route have a right to respect for their human rights, and its commitment to upholding those rights as they may be impacted by the Northern Gateway project, is a commendable first step in fulfilling its corporate responsibility to respect human rights…However, it must be emphasized that this is simply the first step, and Enbridge must do considerably more in order to discharge its human rights responsibility…To tangibly demonstrate its commitment to respect human rights, Enbridge must take the following actions, at a minimum...Bring its corporate-level Human Rights Policy in-line with the Framework and GPs…publicly declare its commitment to participate in, and internally integrate, IPIECA’s human rights awareness raising and capacity-building initiative, including implementation of its Human Rights Training Toolkit for all relevant management and operational staff; and [c]onduct a Human Rights Impact Assessment of the Northern Gateway project, which explicitly considers international human rights…

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