Business & Human Rights

From laggard to leader? Zimbabwe’s turbulent diamond history

January 31, 2023

This IPIS Insight provides background and context to Zimbabwe’s current Kimberley Process chairmanship, both historically and in light of whether it might present opportunities for government and corporate actors in the country to exorcise their demons.

Promoting civic space in Tanzania’s extractive sector governance

November 2, 2022

Tanzania is endowed with significant mineral resources and the extractive sector forms an important part of the country’s formal and informal economy. The extractive sectors is particularly diverse and it includes artisanal, small, medium, and large-scale mining of high-value minerals such as  gold,  diamonds  and  gemstones, the  widespread extraction of industrial minerals such as limestone, gyp

Joint statement on conflict & due diligence legislation

October 14, 2022

The forthcoming EU due diligence Directive is lacking in its provisions for companies that are active in conflict affected areas and should be amended to align better with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. Together with 50+ signatories, IPIS calls for a heightened, conflict-sensitive due diligence process for high-risk areas that includes compliance with international humanit

The European Regulation on Responsible Mineral Sourcing: what are the lessons learned so far?

September 28, 2022

The 1st of January 2021 marked the entry into force of the European Regulation on Responsible Sourcing of tin, tungsten tantalum and gold (3TG) from conflict-affected and high-risk areas (EU CMR or Regulation). The objective of the Regulation is to oblige European companies to carry out due diligence checks on their suppliers up-to the middle of the supply chain in order to minimize and manage the

Empowering Tanzanian communities and civil society to foster justice & human rights in natural resource governance

September 20, 2022

In Tanzania, the country’s natural resource wealth is considered a key driver of development. Despite this potential for “doing good”, natural resource extraction has so far yielded little of the promised benefits to local populations. In fact, the narrow economic focus on resource governance in combination with reduced civic space and respect for human rights in the country tend to worsen the vul

New 5-year project aiming to empower communities and civil society to foster justice and human rights in Tanzania’s natural resource sector

September 16, 2022

In 2022, IPIS launched new work on the human rights impact of the natural resource sector in Tanzania. Our new five-year project “Empowering Tanzanian communities and civil society to foster justice & human rights in natural resource governance” builds on the expertise IPIS has been developing on northern Tanzania’s small- and large-scale mining sector as well as the implementation and monitor

Op-ed: Belgium’s inaction on diamond trade with Russia is not justifiable

April 26, 2022

This op-ed was published in Dutch in De Standaard on April 12, 2022 — Hans Merket The Antwerp diamond hub presents itself as the most ethical in the world. This does not sit well with turning a blind eye on the war in Ukraine. There are no arguments left to justify doing nothing about the flow of income that the Russian regime receives from the diamond trade with Belgium. Both the Antwerp diamond

Russian diamonds and the war in Ukraine 

April 4, 2022

In this Insight, IPIS provides background and analysis on several aspects of the Russian diamond sector, what links it has to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and how the international business and political community is seeking an adequate response to the challenges this raises.   The Russian invasion of Ukraine, that started on 24 February 2022, has led to international outrage. Russ

Grassroots research on local diamond mining impact

March 1, 2022

During 2021, IPIS supported members of the Kimberley Process Civil Society Coalition (KP CSC) in a series of grassroots studies on the human rights, socio-economic and environmental impact of diamond mining in eight African countries. IPIS provided online trainings on field survey methodology as well as editorial support to ten civil society organisations who carried out independent field res

KP CSC Highlights of 2021

January 12, 2022

At the start of this new year the Kimberley Process Civil Society Coalition looks back on the previous one with these highlights from 2021

WEBINAR ALERT: Conflict diamonds are real, real talk is rare & affected communities want answers

October 8, 2021

On 20 October 2021, the Kimberley Process Civil Society Coalition (KP CSC) is convening its second webinar of 2021 in the conversation on “Conflict diamonds are real, real talk is rare”. IPIS, as part of the KP CSC, is co-hosting this 90-minute webinar. The webinar is an opportunity for the diamond and jewellery industries to continue engaging with the Coalition directly and learn more about what

Webmap “Business and Human Rights in Tanzania”

August 18, 2021

This interactive map presents an overview of the main project activities and output that IPIS and its project partners CHRAGG and BHRT have delivered as part of their project to “Improve monitoring, research and dialogue on Business and Human Rights in Tanzania ”. This project ran from December 2017 until February 2021. The map locates project activities in Tanzania and allows you to find out more

IPIS Due Diligence series – Comparative analysis between cobalt and 3T sourcing from the DRC

July 26, 2021

This report compares the supply chains and traceability of 3T and cobalt ores in order to identify similarities, differences, and lessons learned from the decade of 3T experience in responsible sourcing, for the emerging cobalt initiatives.   The experience of regulating responsible sourcing in the 3T sector has taught us the importance of engaging producing countries

An updated human rights complaint system for Tanzania

July 20, 2021

Over the past three years, IPIS has been collaborating with Tanzania’s Commission for Human Rights and Good Governance (CHRAGG) to create a new system that allows the public to lodge human rights grievances with CHRAGG. This work is part of the EU-funded project “Improving monitoring, research and dialogue on Business and Human Rights in Tanzania”. As Tanzania’s National Human Rights Institution,

Knowing your rights: awareness raising on land and environmental rights and access to justice in rural communities of Tanzania

May 3, 2021

As part of the EU-funded project “Improving monitoring, research and dialogue on Business and Human Rights in Tanzania”, Business and Human Rights Tanzania (BHRT) has been conducting public education campaigns in remote rural areas of Tanzania. This activity aimed to support individuals and communities affected by or vulnerable to corporate harm to claim their rights and access justice in order to

Voices from Tanzania – case studies on Business & Human Rights (Volume 3)

April 1, 2021

The Voices from Tanzania series supports local field-based studies into business and human rights topics in Tanzania. This third volume presents five cases studies that focus on the human rights impact of large-scale infrastructure projects. Download this publication in pdf Pakua muhtasari kwa kiswahili The studies assessed the human rights impact of 3 energy supply projects– the East African Crud

Due diligence impact assessment

Due Diligence Impact Assessment in Eastern DRC

March 18, 2021

Together with Project on Resources and Governance (PRG) at UCLA, Sub-Saharan Field Research (SFR), and Ulula, IPIS carried out a study to evaluate the impacts of due diligence programs on artisanal mining communities in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Over the last decade, efforts to eliminate so-called “conflict minerals” have focused on denying access to world markets and global supply

National Baseline Assessment – Business and Human Rights in Belgium

March 17, 2021

IPIS contributed to the Belgian National Baseline Assessment (NBA). The report covers the findings and recommendations of the NBA. The NBA charts the progress made by Belgian authorities and companies since the launch of Belgium’s first National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights, in June 2017. The research was commissioned by the Belgian Federal Institute for Sustainable Developme

Report on the Third Multi-stakeholder Conference on Business and Human Rights in Tanzania

February 27, 2021

This report presents a summary of the outcomes of the Third Multi-stakeholder Conference on Business and Human Rights in Tanzania which was held in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on the 17th of February 2021, at Holliday Inn Hotel. The conference was part of the project “Improving, monitoring, research and dialogue on business and human rights in Tanzania”, which aims at building local and

Third Multi-Stakeholder Conference on Business and Human Rights in Tanzania stresses the need for awareness, stakeholder engagement and a National Action Plan

February 24, 2021

On the 17th of February 2021, around 80 key stakeholders from civil society, communities, business and government agencies from Tanzania mainland and Zanzibar gathered at the Holiday Inn Hotel in Dar es Salaam for the third annual multi-stakeholder conference on Business & Human Rights in Tanzania. This event was organised by the Tanzanian Commission for Human Rights and Good Governa

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