The State of Human Rights policies in the international Renewable Energy Industry

In May, 2016 the Business and Human Rights Centre  , an international monitoring and advocacy group,  released the results of their survey of the human rights policies of  international wind, hydropower, and utility companies.  Key issues identified by the 14 responding companies:  local community rights, land rights, community health and safety, labour rights, and rights of Indigenous people.  Results  show that  two thirds have human rights policy commitments, although only half refer to international standards. Two thirds of companies state a commitment to consultation with local communities, but only three companies (Engie (France), Lake Turkana Wind Power (Kenya) and Vestas (Denmark)) commit to the internationally recognised standard of  free, prior and informed consent.  Only 2 North American companies were included in the survey: Ontario Power Generation (Canada) and NextEra Energy (U.S); neither responded to the survey.  Responses of participating companies are provided here.  Case studies are promised in future.