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IMPACT ASSESSMENTS A COLLABORATIVE HUMAN RIGHTS APPROACH TO A COLLABORATIVE APPROACH TO HUMAN RIGHTS IMPACT ASSESSMENTS A COLLABORATIVE APPROACH TO HUMAN RIGHTS IMPACT ASSESSMENTS © March 2017 Acknowledgments This paper was jointly written by the following organizations and people: • Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment (CCSI)—Kaitlin Y. Cordes and Sam Szoke-Burke • Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR)—Tulika Bansal • Sciences Po Law School Clinic—Manon Aubry, Adrien Le Louarn, Jeremy Perelman, and Marie Poirot The paper greatly benefited from the research assistance and support of CCSI interns Daniel Allman, Valantina Amalraj, and Andrew Wilcock; DIHR fellow Flavia Fries; and Sciences Po students Catherine Dorgnac, Chloé Lesage, and Adam Thompson. For their helpful suggestions regarding this paper, we would like to thank Desirée Abrahams, Day Associates; Andrea Biswas-Tortajada, Nestlé S.A.; Caroline Brodeur, consultant; Hervé Deguine, Michelin; Gitte Dyrhagen Husager; DanChurchAid, Alejandro Gonzalez, Good Electronics Network; Nora Götzmann, DIHR; Susan Joyce, On Common Ground; Özgür Kahale, DLA Piper France; Juliet Lamberti, Poder; Dhanis Rukan, The Carter Center; Carole Samdup, Canada Tibet Committee; Irit Tamir, Oxfam America; Ame Trandem, SOMO; Matthew Wooten, Fair Food Standards Council; Yann Wyss, Nestlé S.A.; and Sarah Zoen, Oxfam America. We also extend a deep thanks to everyone who graciously allowed us to interview them for this project. We are extremely grateful for financial support from The Tiffany & Co. Foundation, which supported the final research stage, a roundtable in December 2016 to discuss an initial version of this paper, and the drafting and publication of this paper. The views expressed in this paper do not necessarily represent those of the Tiffany & Co. Foundation. We are also grateful to DLA Piper UK LLP for hosting the December 2016 roundtable in their Paris office. Suggested citation Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment, Danish Institute for Human Rights, and Sciences Po Law School Clinic, A Collaborative Approach to Human Rights Impact Assessments, March 2017. Graphic Design: heddabank.dk About the partners The Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment is a joint center of Columbia Law School and the Earth Institute at Columbia University. Its mission is to develop practical approaches for governments, investors, communities, and other stakeholders to maximize the benefits of international investment for sustainable development. This includes an explicit focus on international investments and human rights, under which CCSI has provided support to the Carter Center and local partners in conducting community-led HRIAs of mining and infrastructure projects in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The Danish Institute for Human Rights is Denmark’s National Human Rights Institution. Its mandate is to promote and protect human rights and equal treatment in Denmark and abroad. The Human Rights and Development Department focuses on the role of the private sector in respecting human rights. DIHR has led a large number of company-initiated HRIAs in various sectors; has developed a guide, in collaboration with IPIECA, on how to integrate human rights into environmental and social impact assessments; and, in partnership with the Institute for Human Rights and Business, has developed and piloted a methodology to assess the human rights impacts of an entire sector through Sector Wide Impact Assessments. In 2016, DIHR launched the road-testing version of its HRIA Guidance and Toolbox, a resource that contains guidance and practical tools and templates for conducting, commissioning, reviewing or monitoring human rights impact assessments of business projects and activities. The Sciences Po Law School Clinic is an experiential learning program, set within the Sciences Po Law School and articulated around local, national, and global public interest projects and objectives. Masters-level students, academics, and practitioners work together within the clinic’s four programs. Within the clinic’s Human Rights, Economic Development and Globalization (HEDG) program, students have worked with the Carter Center’s Lubumbashi office and local organizations to develop community-led HRIAs of mining projects in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and are currently assisting a French multinational company to develop a HRIA tool. TABLE OF CONTENTS What is this paper about, and who is it for? 6 Executive summary 7 Introduction 13 Reasons for undertaking a collaborative HRIA and factors to consider 19 Why participate? 19 Shared incentives for companies, project-affected people, and other key stakeholders 19 Incentives for companies 20 Incentives for project-affected people

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