Community Health and Shale Development Guidebook

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Expert Panel on Legal and Traceable Wild Fish Products

The Expert Panel on Legal and Traceable Wild Fish Products was a multi-disciplinary expert group convened to promote a global framework for ensuring the legality and traceability of all wild caught fish products. The panel was established in early 2013 to identify complementary regulatory and private-sector mechanisms for overcoming common obstacles to establishing such a framework. Panelists represent stakeholders including U.S. and European processors and retailers, and NGOs, as well as experts in traceability, fisheries management, and fisheries trade. The Panel was organized by WWF and facilitated by RESOLVE, with research and drafting support from California Environmental Associates. Funding for this work was supported by the Oceans 5 funder collaborative and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. View project

Free, Prior, and Informed Consent (FPIC)

Community acceptance is a prerequisite to many natural resource development projects. Free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) – an internationally recognized indigenous right – is enshrined in procedural norms, standards and frameworks such as the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), policies of financial institutions such as the International Finance Corporation Performance Standards on Social and Environmental Sustainability and the Equator Principles, and in regional and national legal frameworks such as the Mining Directive of the Economic Commission of West African States (ECOWAS) and Peru’s recently-approved indigenous peoples’ consultation law. Some companies in the extractives sector have explicitly recognized FPIC in their policies; others are operationalizing engagement processes and benefits for sharing agreements that advance community acceptance when operating in areas that include both indigenous and non-indigenous people. With these normative and operational developments on community acceptance and FPIC, there is growing interest from leading companies and civil society organizations to share practices and learn from concrete situations. Companies and civil society organizations want to learn from projects and programs that build community support at sites. View project


RESOLVE’s Solutions Network is home to a multi-sector working group seeking to advance the use of landscape-scale planning for development projects such as mining, oil, gas, and infrastructure. Landscape-scale planning considers the cumulative impacts of natural resource projects within a particular region, or landscape, before investments are made, and in doing so, avoids the shortcomings associated with site-level planning.  RESOLVE and the World Economic Forum have commissioned a white paper by the Nature Conservancy on landscape-scale planning. The working group will also use the upcoming Global Energy, Mining and Markets (GEMM) dialogue to explore the issues and challenges related to landscape-scale planning and ensure a broad set of stakeholder inputs to the paper. View project

Human Trafficking Standards Initiative

The Human Trafficking Standards Initiative is a new endeavor aimed at achieving accurate and precise numbers, globally and locally, of human trafficking victims.  An international Standards Committee comprising public and private stakeholders will eventually shepherd and evangelize the standard, which will ultimately reduce confusion and increase understanding and efficacy in efforts to quantify – and combat – human trafficking. View project

Energy Shift

Energy Shift is a new initiative developed in cooperation with the Pembina institute and Hoggard Films that aims to speed the transition to a low-carbon economy by setting the table for fruitful discourse.  The project’s inspiration is a correspondence between John Hofmeister, former CEO of Shell NA, and project co-lead Amy Larkin, former Director of Greenpeace Solutions, in which the two acknowledged how much they had to learn from each other and eagerly sought one another’s insights. By convening discordant parties from across the spectrum of viewpoints and expertise, Energy Shift seeks to identify leverage points where unusual allies can build and test solutions–significant but actionable projects (such as accelerated depreciation for green infrastructure) that support an energy transition, build momentum, and build confidence that progress is possible. View project

Conflict-free Tin Initiative

In September of 2012, the Conflict-Free Tin Initiative was announced by Industry partners convened by the Dutch government. The Conflict-Free Tin Initiative project intends to start a conflict-free tin sourcing program in South Kivu, an eastern province of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The initiative pilots new tracking and tracing procedures to ensure the conflict-free status of the supply chain. Following the conflict-free testing phase of the pilot, the initiative will address other mine-site sustainability issues. View project

Collaborative Tech Tool Shed

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Conflict Free Smelters

The Conflict-Free Smelters (CFS) Program of the Electronics Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC) and Global E-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI) seeks to end supply chain support for the sale of illicit minerals from Eastern DRC and the surrounding region.  As smelters/refiners (smelters) build systems and demonstrate compliance with the provisions of the EICC-GeSI Conflict-Free Smelter (CFS) Program, they may encounter transition or start-up costs associated with participation in the program.  It is recognized that these costs may be most significant to small and medium smelting enterprises.  The CFS Early-Adopters Fund is designed to offer smelters an extra incentive for early participation by helping to offset these transitional costs. View project

Solutions for Hope

Solutions for Hope is a platform that supports companies, civil society organizations, and governments working together to responsibly source minerals from regions experiencing conflict where market access is limited by opaque supply chains. The program manages risk for participating companies and offers recognition for participation. View project