Mining and Indigenous Peoples’ consent
Multinational mining companies place increasing emphasis on community engagement as part of their corporate responsibility. However, they engage with communities in an inconsistent manner and rarely comply with the standards necessary for respect for Indigenous Peoples’ rights, interests and well-being. To address this, ECCR and several project partners are working together in a project entitled “Making FPIC a Reality for Indigenous Communities, 2012-14: Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) and Mining”.
The project aims to promote the rights of mining-affected indigenous peoples to their lands, territories and natural resources. Its objective is to persuade leading mining multinational companies to adopt the principle of Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) in their policies and fully comply with it in practice in all of their operations. The project is specifically focused on increased awareness and respect for FPIC by the industry in line with the international normative framework of indigenous peoples rights, including the 2007 United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), as the minimum mining industry-wide standard for a rights based engagement with indigenous peoples.