Free, Prior and Informed Consent

The right to FPIC is a key principle of international human rights law to protect indigenous Peoples’ livelihoods and territories and is therefore a requirement of many sustainability standards. However, despite a growing body of knowledge around FPIC, there are limited resources designed specifically to help assurance providers verify whether FPIC has been achieved. Since 2017, EO and RSB have been working jointly on a project funded through the ISEAL Innovations Fund to research and develop a means of addressing this challenge. The key output from this project is draft framework for a tool that can be used to aid the verification process. The tool is is multi-sided, facilitating a “co-audit” process that is jointly implemented by the assurance provider and by the affected Indigenous Peoples’ community.

Project documents will be posted here shortly.