FPIC-360° Tool for Monitoring and Verifying Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC)

Overview

Building on Phase 1 of the project, 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.

Project Aims

 

1. Develop and refine a practical “FPIC-360°” framework for monitoring and verifying FPIC with Indigenous Peoples’ community representatives to ensure a set of culturally relevant and measurable indicators. Develop the framework into a functional prototype of the FPIC-360° tool through workshops with end-user groups, including

 

2. Indigenous Peoples’ community representatives, standard setters, international financial institutions (IFIs), assurance providers and private sector representatives.
Create an online pilot version of the FPIC-360° Tool for easier navigation and better collaboration between users.

 

 

3. Convene a Community of Practice consisting of ISEAL member standards, Indigenous Peoples’ representatives, standard setters, assurance providers, IFIs and NGOs.
Launch the FPIC-360° Tool and website.

Project Timeline

  1. September 2017:

    RSB, EO and COICA launch steering committee of Phase 1 of the project.

  2. October 2017:

    EO and COICA led the first FPIC workshop in Mocoa, Putumayo in Colombia. Twenty-two leaders participated in the knowledge-sharing and consultation on international sustainability standards and FPIC practices, with a particular focus on community empowerment and participation in FPIC processes.

  3. May 2018:

    EO and COICA conducted two additional workshops in Iquitos, Peru and Lago Agrio, Ecuador that were attended by 16 and 23 participants, respectively, comprising key representatives of regional Indigenous community associations and federations. The objectives was to better understand what an effective Free Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) process looks like from the perspective of Indigenous Peoples, how they can be empowered to actively participate in these processes, and how they can monitor whether FPIC is implemented responsibly.

  4. October 2019:

    Phase 2 is launched with replication funding from ISEAL Innovations Fund, supported by the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO).

  5. April 2020:

    Animated educational FPIC video, in Spanish, launched.

  6. March 2021:

    Launch of www.fpic360.org at the 14th OECD Forum on Responsible Mineral Supply Chains

Project Outputs