On 20 June 2013, Stephanie Booker (Natural Justice) attended the “Pillars in Practice: Multi-Stakeholder Forum on Business and Human Rights” in Zimbabwe, held by Zimbabwe Environmental Law Association (ZELA) in partnership with the Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR) and Social Accountability International (SAI).
“Pillars in Practice” is an 18-month initiative to advance the UN Guiding Principles on business and human rights. The Project’s objective is to “establish the trianing capacity of local civil society partners to sustainably promote and assist companies, governments, trade unions and other non-government organisations in the implementation of the Guiding Principles, to operationalise the “Protest, Respect and Remedy” Framework.
Joined by more than 75 participants from Zimbabwean businesses, government agencies, civil society organisations and communities, the multi-stakeholder forum was an opportunity for participants to be introduced to the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and for participants to discuss the major issues affecting human rights with respect to mining. Participants made concrete recommendations for government and business and suggested steps forward for stakeholders in the implementation of the Guiding Principles. You can read the recommendations here
More information can be found on the “Pillars in Practice” facebook page, or the Danish Institute for Human Rights webpage here
Photo: Courtesy of “Pillars in Practice” facebook page.