Free, Prior and Informed Consent

Requirements, best practices, and practical considerations for companies to fulfill their obligation to secure the Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) of Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities

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Purpose & Summary

This guidance outlines requirements, best practices, and practical considerations for companies to fulfill their obligation to secure the Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) of Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities in relation to their own operations and supply chains, elaborating on Core Principle 2.2.3.

This guidance is consistent with numerous binding international instruments and voluntary standards affirming FPIC as a legal and ethical norm. It references and builds upon this existing body of material to distill essential and common elements of FPIC while helping to clarify how companies can approach key challenges in the implementation of FPIC.

Topics in this guidance

1. FPIC definition and overview

2. When FPIC is required

3. Key elements of an effective FPIC process

4. Company policies and practices to respect the right to FPIC

ANNEX 1: Addressing common challenges associated with FPIC

Endnotes

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Core Principle
Respect for human rights
Resources
Operational Guidance on Respecting the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities
Resources
Topic: Human rights
Brief summary of the Framework's guidance setting and achieving goals for commodity supply chains that respect human rights.

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