ICAR & Oxfam America Partner to Create Thematic Template on Extractives and NAPs on Business and Human Rights

The International Corporate Accountability Roundtable (ICAR) and Oxfam America have partnered to create thematic guidance on Extractive and National Action Plans (NAP) on business and human rights.

Acknowledging that extractive operations often times negatively impact human rights in distinct ways, ICAR and Oxfam America recognize the value in giving these issues extra scrutiny in the creation of a business and human rights NAP. This report will be designed as a tool both to support civil society organizations in making sound context-specific and politically savvy decisions on how and whether to engage in processes of developing National Action Plans (NAPs) on business and human rights and as a guide to States on how specific consideration of the negative human rights impacts of extractives industries can be addressed in NAPs and other similar policies.

This initiative is a follow-up project to ICAR’s seminal report with the Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR) on NAPs, entitled National Action Plans on Business and Human Rights: A Toolkit for the Development, Implementation, and Review of State Commitment to Business and Human Rights Frameworkslaunched in June 2014. It is the third report in a series of Thematic Templates stemming from the NAPs Toolkit, following the release of the Children’s Rights in National Action Plans on Business and Human Rights, published by ICAR, DIHR, and UNICEF in November 2015, and the Human Rights Defenders in National Action Plans on Business and Human Rights, published by ICAR and the International Service for Human Rights (ISHR) in June 2016.

For more information on the project, please contact Cindy Woods, ICAR’s Legal and Policy Associate, at cindy@icar.ngo or Emily Greenspan, Oxfam America’s Extractive Industries Policy Manager, at Emily.greenspan@oxfam.org.