[PDF] EBRD Review of Good Governance Policies – Environmental and Social Policy Submission of Working Group on Business and Human Rights of the International Coordinating Committee of NHRIs

Author: Working Group on Business and Human Rights, International Coordinating Committee of NHRIs, Published on: 1 March 2014

NHRIs [National Human Rights Institutions] make the following recommendations to the EBRD’s [European Bank for Reconstruction and Development] review of the ESP [Environmental and Social Policy]: ...The ESP must introduce “human rights” alongside all references to “environmental and social” impacts...The ESP must require EBRD clients to undertake human rights due diligence in line with the UN Guiding Principles...The ESP must include all international and regional core human rights conventions...in its definition of human rights...The EBRD should develop a Performance Requirement on gender...EBRD must align clauses of the ESP on vulnerable groups and services with relevant human rights standards...The ESP must classify as Category A project with potential to result in human rights violations and abuses and clearly state that EBRD will not support projects having such consequences...EBRD must require clients to provide information for screening and
classification purposes that is appropriate and adequate to identify and assess any potential
adverse human rights impacts of projects...The ESP and Project Complaint Mechanism should be
strengthened in line with the right of victims to access to an effective remedy...

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