Auditing Implementation of the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights
This guidance document can be used by both extractive and non-extractive companies to fully understand the UN Voluntary Principles framework’s KPIs and the audit protocol. This resource can also guide companies to measure, improve, and create greater stakeholder confidence in their security and human rights programs. Furthermore, auditors who carry out VP implementation audits can use this guide to communicate with external stakeholders and help them understand how to assess whether the VPs are being implemented. Most importantly, the document can help business organizations fulfill their responsibilities to respect human rights whenever they must rely on public or private security, and reduce security-related conflicts and human rights abuses in local communities.Download
About the Voluntary Principles
The Voluntary Principles has become a leading international soft-law multi-stakeholder initiative. The Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights (VPs) was created in 2000 by a leading group of extractive companies, governments, and civil society organizations. The VPs aim to guide companies by offering a straight-forward and practical operational framework that centers on conducting proper risk assessments and managing relationships with private and public security providers. Today, hundreds of companies, inside and outside the extractive sector, have publicly signaled that they apply that framework.