Voice & Privacy

Lack of regular dialogue with local community on operational impacts


Regular dialogue with local community members on a business operation’s impacts directly implicates a host of environmental, health and livelihood rights including those related to land ownership and land use. There may also be collective aspect to the rights impact when operations impact lands and resources that concern entire communities rather than individuals. Recognizing this, the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples requires the consultation and cooperation in good faith with Indigenous Peoples to obtain their free, prior and informed consent particularly around the undertaking of projects that affect indigenous peoples’ rights to land, territory and resources, including mining and other utilization or exploitation of resources.

Relevant Human Rights Instruments

Convention concerning Indigenous and Tribal Peoples in Independent Countries, 1989 (No. 169)
Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, 2007 (A/61/295)
Framework Principles on Human Rights and the Environment, 2018 (A/HRC/37/59)

SDG 10


SDG 10.2

Efforts to ensure regular dialogue with local communities assist in achieving SDG 10.2: By 2030, empower and promote the social, economic and political inclusion of all, irrespective of age, sex, disability, race, ethnicity, origin, religion or economic or other status.

SDG 16


SDG 16.7

Engaging in dialogue with communities can reduce tension and strife, contributing to the achievement SDG 16.7: Responsive, inclusive, participatory and representative decision-making at all levels.