As large-scale oil, gas, and mining projects move to increasingly remote areas, they threaten to generate adverse impacts for the local communities and indigenous peoples who inhabit these areas. For many project-affected communities, Free, Prior, and Informed Consent (FPIC) represents a critical tool for ensuring that they have a say in whether and how extractive industry projects move forward. This policy briefing examines publicly available corporate commitments regarding community rights and community engagement. The results suggest increasing commitments to FPIC in the mining sector but disappointing trends in relation to the oil and gas sector and women's participation in decision making.
For the launch of the report, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples prepared a video address for Oxfam: Message of Victoria Tauli-Corpuz for the Save the Date for the Community Consent Index launch.
At the Community Consent Index launch event in Washington, DC on 23 July 2015, Oxfam staff were joined by representatives from industry and civil society on a panel discussion.