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The Human Rights Working Group (HRWG) was established early 2014 and became an official part of the RSPO structure. The work of the HRWG is directly linked to the globally accepted UN Guidelines on Business and Human rights (‘the Ruggie Framework’):
The responsibility of businesses to respect human rights in the palm oil sector implies that companies apply due diligence to human rights and develop action plans to avoid human rights violations. It also calls on companies to be pro-active and constructive in the remediation of situations where rights have been abused.
The core mission of HRWG (link to HRWG Terms of Reference) is primarily ensuring the successful implementation of the Principles of the 2013 RSPO Principles & Criteria, that are relevant for the protection and respect of human rights (link to P&C relevant criteria).The HRWG regularly reviews the Criteria and associated Guidance for adequacy, clarity, relevance and meaningfulness, and works to provide all RSPO members with mechanisms to identify, prevent, mitigate and address human rights issues and impacts.
For 2017, the HRWG will focus on the following areas of concern:-