Meaningful rights holder engagement: An introduction
After more than a decade of engaging rights holders and working with affected communities, Oxfam has developed a clear understanding of what engagement should look like. This document presents the key principles that companies should integrate into their thinking and practices.
When the international community adopted the United Nations Guiding Principles (UNGPs) in 2011, it became urgent for companies to face responsibility for their impacts on human rights; this means that they must have in place relevant processes to identify, prevent, mitigate, and account for how they will proceed. Importantly, the human rights due diligence (HRDD) process must involve meaningful consultation with potentially affected groups and other relevant stakeholders.