Business and Human Rights
Through capacity-building and research in cooperation with Indonesian partners, the Indonesia Programme aim to create more satisfactory accountability and transparency around decision making related to business' access to land and natural resources.
Central Kalimantan: Truck transporting oil palm fruits to a refinery.
The expansion of the private sector has led to increased concerns about the human rights impact of private companies, globally and in Indonesia.
At the UN level, the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, has become an important reference.
The guiding principles consists of three parts: the state duty to protect human rights, the corporate responsibility to respect human rights, and the need for greater access to remedy for victims of business-related abuse.
In Indonesia, concerns about the human rights impact of private companies are especially related to conflicts over land. Companies in the extractive industries or plantation industries are particularly prone to be involved in such conflicts.
The approach of the Indonesia Programme will be to conduct human rights capacity-building and research in cooperation with Indonesian partners.
These activities may target both duty-holders and rights-holders, with the aim of creating more human rights awareness and accountability.