Building on Phase 1 of the programme, FPIC-360° Tool for Monitoring and Verifying Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) continues the development of the FPIC-360° Tool which was originated by Equitable Origin in partnership with RSB and the Coordinating Organization of Indigenous Peoples of the Amazon Basin (COICA).
FPIC is a principle that informs the right to consultation and is enshrined in the United Nations (UN) Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the International Labour Organization (ILO) Indigenous and Tribal Peoples Convention 169.
The FPIC-360° Tool draws upon normative frameworks of international human rights to establish FPIC indicators for companies in a variety of sectors related to natural resource development. Many of the ISEAL Alliance member standards, as well as the Equator Principles and the International Finance Corporation Performance Standards, have incorporated FPIC requirements. The problem facing standard-setting bodies, however, is the lack of knowledge, experience, examples and guidance on how FPIC can and should be implemented, what successful FPIC is, and how assurance providers can verify whether FPIC has been achieved.
Phase 2 sees the partners refining the content of the monitoring and verification framework through implementing the FPIC-360° Tool in a case study context. The FPIC-360° Tool is also being refined to improve functionality through co-design consultation workshops with a variety of end-user groups, including Indigenous community representatives, standard setters, international financial institutions (IFIs), assurance providers and private sector representatives.