Companies involved in commercial wind and solar projects are facing heightened scrutiny of their human rights performance. This Business Guide provides companies with information and strategies to identify, prevent, mitigate, and account for adverse human rights impacts that they cause, contribute to, or are directly linked to through their operations, products, or services by virtue of their business relationships. It may also be useful for investors, business partners, government actors, civil society organizations, communities, and other stakeholders.
Drawing on the UN Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights, the Guide provides practical recommendations, with over 40 examples from peer companies and initiatives, on the core elements of a comprehensive human rights program that should be integrated throughout wind and solar energy companies’ business operations to improve their respect for community-related human rights and manage actual and potential risks both proactively and reactively.
Read the companion to the Business Guide, the Legal Risk Primer.
This resource was produced as part of CCSI’s ALIGN partnership with Namati and the International Institute for Environment & Development, funded by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office. Learn more about the ALIGN partnership here.
Environmental Law | Human Rights Law | International Humanitarian Law | Law
Sarah Dolton-Zborowski & Sam Szoke-Burke,
Business Guide: Respecting the Human Rights of Communities in Wind and Solar Project Deployment,
Available at: https://scholarship.law.columbia.edu/sustainable_investment_staffpubs/219