Strengthening Agreements Between Communities and Extractives Companies

On September 15, RESOLVE published From Rights to Results, a report examining the context, content, and functioning of agreements that companies establish with Indigenous communities for mining and oil and gas projects. Based on interviews and surveys with stakeholders from industry, government, communities, and civil society, From Rights to Results considers evolving government and corporate policies on Indigenous rights and the right of communities to Free, Prior, and Informed Consent (FPIC) in selected Latin American countries. RESOLVE conducted this analysis at the direction of the FPIC Solutions Dialogue, a community of industry and civil society leaders seeking to develop guidance and practice for those seeking to implement FPIC at potential extractive development sites. Our research and analytical work indicate that there are specific opportunities to create conditions for better agreements between companies and communities. From Rights to Results identifies those opportunities, as well as a range of challenges and research gaps.

Reactions to the report have been positive to date, with one former industry executive calling it “an excellent contribution to the whole issue of community engagement with extractives.” Another asserted that the report should be circulated broadly as the findings will be valuable in a range of geographies beyond the official Latin American scope of the research. An NGO representative congratulated the team on “this fantastic vision, implementation, and report. I am so happy to read that work to make FPIC real and functional is happening. I am not surprised that RESOLVE is front and center.”

RESOLVE Strategic Partner Tim Martin served as lead analyst, interviewer, and author. Steve D’Esposito and Senior Advisor Kate Kopischke also conducted interviews. Program Manager Taylor Kennedy and Associate Sallie Dehler also provided extensive research, drafting, and editing support.

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