[PDF] Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights annual plenary - Keynote remarks - Alexandra Guáqueta [Montreux, Switzerland, 26 Mar]
Author: Alexandra Guáqueta, UN Working Group on business & human rights, Published on: 26 March 2014
As a community of practitioners, you have come a long way by setting up individual company policies and protocols. At the plenary level, the Voluntary Principles have developed some governance rules and structures...[Y]ou have a unique opportunity to start documenting good practice on specific issues...It is important to fully align the Voluntary Principles with the UN Guiding Principles on Human Rights, which are the global authoritative reference on how to manage and address business-related adverse impacts on human rights...[P]erhaps the Voluntary Principles could enumerate the actions that both home and host cooperating Governments can take...The Voluntary Principles have a clear opportunity to align with the Guiding Principles...not only by publicly acknowledging victims’ right to remedy, but by incorporating performance indicators for grievance mechanisms aligned with the Guiding Principles...You are in a good position to scale up action by inviting in new members. It is the Working Group’s hope that membership will be expanded and we will help spread the word.