This website provides practical knowledge and tools focusing on social, environmental and economic development issues for companies, civil society, local and regional governments.
Increasing evidence indicates that women do not generally benefit from mining operations. In fact, they tend to bear a greater share of the negative impacts. Mining not only creates few employment opportunities for women, but it also displaces farms and other sectors in which women are traditionally employed. However, advances in technology have increased opportunities for women to participate and benefit from mining operations. Programa Mujer, which promoted the hiring of women in mining production jobs in Chile, is an innovative example of how to break with tradition that excludes women from mining operations.
CommDev supports the implementation of projects that directly benefit communities and demonstrate good practice community development. The Information Clearinghouse brings together good practice examples, case studies and supporting tools on "what worked" as well as a process framework: practical and experience-based guidance on how to create community development programs, manage them, build support for them and communicate their efforts to partners and stakeholders.
There are two simple values that lie at the core of the foundation’s work: - All lives—no matter where they are being led—have equal value. - To whom much is given, much is expected.
The CEO Water Mandate presents a “Framework for Responsible Business Engagement with Water Policy” that provides a way for companies to address risk and capture opportunities stemming from external conditions that cannot be achieved through changes in internal management alone.
Business for Social Responsibility (BSR) has commissioned this report to better understand the trends unfolding in corporate-multilateral partnerships, focusing on the potential benefits of such relationships, and how best to achieve them.
Achieving rapid development calls for improved capacity in the public and private sectors to support development policies and projects. The World Bank recognizes that capacity building is a long-term process requiring a systemic approach. That is why many Bank projects in Africa and elsewhere include capacity development activities. But three drawbacks have limited the effectiveness of these efforts: Capacity goals as they relate to this understanding of the individual, organizational, and institutional aspects have not been explicit. This Capacity Brief discusses and illustrates the importance of integrating capacity-building efforts at all three levels, addressing differences among sectors in their integration, while setting forth explicit capacity goals and monitoring and evaluating progress toward them.
The "Guide to Corporate Human Rights Impact Assessment Tools", developed by Aim for human rights, presents an overview of the existing HRIA tools that corporations and managers can use to implement human rights norms within the business practices and policies. It gives advice to select the tool(s) that assure the best HRIA process for the corporation. This guide offers the practical assistance that corporations need to become social responsible and leads managers through the labyrinth of Human Rights Compliance Assessment.
This narrative is the first of a two-part publication, and is an accompaniment only to the matrices that were created for the first three industry sectors (apparel, footwear, and light manufacturing; agribusiness; and tourism).
This independent analysis, based on a review of 57 recent sustainability reports from companies representing a range of industry sectors, presents examples of encouraging trends in human rights reporting, as well as indications of key areas where there is room for improvement. The aim of this review is not to put forward industry “best practice” but rather to provide reporting organizations and others with ideas to build on. The analysis was undertaken as part of a wider effort – Human Rights: A Call to Action – aimed at fostering improved understanding of how and why to publicly disclose policies and practice relating to human rights and how to embed this better understanding into global reporting standards.