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ILO's Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work


Adopted in 1998, the Declaration commits Member States to respect and promote principles and rights in four categories, whether or not they have ratified the relevant conventions. These categories are: Freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining, the elimination of forced or compulsory labour, the abolition of child labour and the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation. Companies can rely on these Fundamental Principles to understand what their minimum labour rights obligations are.

ILO Tri-Partite Declaration of Principles Concerning Multinational Enterprises and Social Policy (MNE Declaration)


The MNE Declaration is the only ILO instrument that provides direct guidance to enterprises (multinational and national) on social policy and inclusive, responsible and sustainable workplace practices. It is the only global instrument in this area and the only one that was elaborated and adopted by governments, employers and workers around the world. It was adopted over 40 years ago and amended several times, most recently in March 2017. Its principles are addressed to multinational and national enterprises, governments of home and host countries, and employers’ and workers’ organizations providing guidance in such areas as employment, training, conditions of work and life, industrial relations as well as general policies. The guidance is founded substantially on principles contained in international labour standards.

LBMA Responsible Gold Guidance


The Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights (VPs) is a collaborative effort by governments, major multinational extractive companies and NGOs to provide guidance to companies on tangible steps that they can take to minimize the risk of human rights abuses in communities located near extraction sites. The VPs offer a variety of tools that companies can use.
The VPs' key tenets include:

  • companies should regularly engage with host governments and local communities regarding security issues and practices;
  • security forces should act in a manner consistent with UN Principles on the Use of Force and Firearms by Law Enforcement Officials and the UN Code of Conduct for Law Enforcement Officials, including that any use of force needs to be proportional to the related threat;
  • companies should have mechanisms for the reporting and investigation of allegations of improper actions by private security forces hired by the company;
  • companies should have mechanism to report alleged abuses by public security forces in their area of operation, and to encourage and monitor progress of investigations.


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