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New report to assist companies operating in Myanmar to conduct “meaningful” stakeholder consultation in line with Guiding Principles on Business & Human Rights

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30 April 2013

New Report: Conducting Meaningful Stakeholder Consultation in Myanmar

Author: Shift

The UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights include guidance on the role of meaningful consultation by companies with their stakeholders, particularly those groups that their operations may impact directly. Meaningful consultation can assist companies both to gauge and to mitigate their risk of involvement with human rights impacts…Shift’s report is designed to assist companies with this challenge, as they consider or commence operations in Myanmar. The report (1) provides a survey of stakeholder views regarding the entry of companies into Myanmar; and (2) sets out key elements for companies to consider in their stakeholder engagement strategies. The report describes the high expectations interviewees have of the benefits that companies can bring to Myanmar, from building workers’ skills in labor-intensive sectors, to improving working conditions and reducing poverty. It also highlights their fears that their lands will be taken from them, their environment degraded, and their livelihoods destroyed…

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1 April 2013

[PDF] Conducting Meaningful Stakeholder Consultation in Myanmar

Author: Shift

A large number of western companies from a wide range of sectors are now seeking to operate in Myanmar and can bring a number of substantial benefits to Burmese citizens…[C]ompanies face significant risks of causing, contributing to, or being linked to negative human rights impacts in Myanmar. The UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, endorsed by the UN Human Rights Council in June 2011, provide guidance on how meaningful consultation with potentially affected groups and other relevant stakeholders can assist companies, both to gauge and mitigate their risk of involvement with human rights impacts. Shift compiled this report to assist companies that are considering operating, or are already operating, in Myanmar as they structure their stakeholder engagement process…

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