Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights

Areas of Study: Environment and Community

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This course discusses risk assessment in the context of providing a secure working environment and protecting the human rights of employees and surrounding communities, human rights abuse allegations and the procedures for managing those allegations, and the roles and responsibilities of public and private security forces and their relationship to management.

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Course Summary

Introduction

We frequently see in the news that a mining or an oil and gas operation in some remote area has been either attacked by insurgents or has had their security arrangements linked with a human rights incident. The extractive industries have the dual responsibility of protecting their people and operations as well as respecting the human rights of their employees and the members of the communities in which they work. Often operating in increasingly unstable areas and with human rights growing as a salient topic, industries face significant challenges in balancing these two crucial responsibilities.

Developed jointly by industry, governments and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), the Voluntary Principles for Security and Human Rights (VPSHR) have increasingly become the industry guideline for achieving this balance. The VPSHR's three components provide a set of guiding principles on how companies should manage:

  • risk assessments
  • relations with public security forces
  • relations with private security providers
This course introduces you to the VPSHR, discusses risk assessment in the context of providing a secure working environment and protecting the human rights of employees and surrounding communities, and responsibilities concerned with human rights abuse allegations and the procedures for managing those allegations. It goes on to discuss the roles and responsibilities of public and private security forces and their relationship to management.

Course Content

Voluntary Principles for Security and Human Rights is structured with seven course parts and a total of 25 viewing sessions of 30-60 minutes each, plus course reviews. Current course duration is equivalent to approximately 15 hours of viewing content.

Learning Outcomes

  • Discuss the origins. objectives and principles of the Voluntary Principles for Security and Human Rights.
  • Identify and apply risk assessment in the context of providing a secure working environment and protecting the human rights of employees and surrounding communities.
  • Identify the responsibilities concerned with human rights abuse allegations and apply the procedures for managing those allegations.
  • Recognize the roles and responsibilities of public and private security forces and their relationship to management.

Recommended Background

  • Experience of mineral resource and/or oil and gas operations and their impact on communities in the developing world.
  • An appreciation of the requirements, objectives and expectations of communities in the context of resource project development.

Tom Green

The arc of Tom's career spans political and security risk consultancy, U.S. Army foreign-area officer service and eight years as vice-president for external relations at the then largest copper mine in the world; Tom has mastered managing complexity. Tom's deep, director-level experience and ability to lead interdisciplinary, multicultural teams of social performance practitioners make Tom the go-to guy for spearheading Monkey Forest's most comprehensive projects. Tom creates fully functional external relations departments by finding, recruiting and training local teams to deliver at an international standard. His participation in elite U.S. Army foreign-area officer training, management of U.S. Embassy security services and seven years of political and security risk consultancy lend authority to Monkey Forest's Voluntary Principles practice. With operational extractive industry experience from volatile regions in Asia–Pacific, Central and South America and the Middle East, Tom designs and implements VPSHR programs that deliver socially responsible security and positive community–company relations based on security, stability and confidence. Tom is a senior manager at Monkey Forest Consulting and the first point of contact for clients in conflict situations.