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GETTING IT RIGHT: A step-by-step guide to assess the impact of foreign investment on human rights

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Human Rights Impact Assessments for Foreign Investment Projects VOLUME 2 – (2008)
Getting it Right: A step-by-step guide to assess the impact of foreign investment on human rightsVolume 2 is a practical tool. It provides an annotated community-based methodology in CD-ROM format.
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The arrival of a foreign company in a community can be good news for the local population. Unfortunately, in many cases, the opposite can also be true: relations between communities and the company are sometimes difficult and popular consultation is often limited or nonexistent.

A growing number of stakeholders are concerned about the impact of foreign investment on local communities. They are also concerned that human rights are not adequately taken into account. Various solutions – including human rights impact assessments – have been proposed to remedy this problem.

Companies use various tools to assess risks pertaining to their investments. However, communities affected by investment projects also need their own assessment tools. Rights & Democracy has therefore developed this guide to assist communities and civil society organizations to identify the impacts of investment on communities and to more effectively voice their concerns.

Investments and Human Rights: A Three Volume Initiative

Rights & Democracy has been actively involved in work around corporate accountability and the human rights impact of trade and foreign investment since 1994. We have published studies on corporate codes of conduct and related issues, argued before the World Trade Organization that the trade regime be accountable to international human rights law, and organized numerous international conferences and seminars.

The Investment and Human Rights initiative was launched in 2004 to illustrate in concrete terms that if investment is to contribute towards sustainable and equitable development, its human rights impacts will have to be both acknowledged and addressed. Through this initiative, we have designed and produced three publications on various aspects of this fast-evolving field. All three volumes are available in English, French and Spanish.

Human Rights Impact Assessments for Foreign Investment Projects VOLUME 1 – (2007)
Human Rights Impact Assessments for Foreign Investment Projects: Learning from community experiences in the Philippines, Tibet, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Argentina, and Peru.This first volume is a draft methodology for community-based impact assessments in five case studies.
Investing in Human Rights: Volume 1 (PDF)
Human Rights Impact Assessments for Foreign Investment Projects VOLUME 3 – (2009)
Human Rights and Bilateral Investment Treaties: Mapping the Role of Human Rights Law within Investor-state ArbitrationThis study provides analysis of the impact of bilateral investment treaties and arbitration processes on human rights.
Investing in Human Rights: Volume 3 (PDF)