Recently there has been a proliferation of external guidance and guidelines for managing human rights issues. While these are useful tools to inform the management of potential risk, at best they may offer abstract concepts or normative aspirations of performance. There are a range of external expectations for companies to demonstrate how they respect human rights, including having business processes in place to prevent or mitigate potential human rights issues that may be caused by the company’s projects or operations. The paper describes how IPIECA, the global oil and gas industry association for environmental and social issues, has responded to the emergence of external guidelines in connection to implementing human rights due diligence by improving existing management systems and processes.

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