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BASES wiki - International Resources on DR between Companies and Communities

The multilingual BASES wiki “provides a place to find information, share learning, and engage with others about non-judicial grievance mechanisms around the world.”
Note that this project is now housed with The ACCESS Facility: http://www.accessfacility.org -  “a platform for information about company-community problem solving and the new home of BASESwiki”.

As explained on the Who We Are page, BASESwiki is an initiative of the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative on Business and Human Rights, undertaken in cooperation with the Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative at Harvard Kennedy School and with the support and collaboration of the International Bar Association and Compliance Advisor/Ombudsman of the World Bank Group.

The project grew out of a yearlong multi-stakeholder consultation process, conducted by the Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative at Harvard University in collaboration with the UN SRSG on Business and Human Rights. The process examined the non-judicial mechanisms available to address grievances and disputes between companies and the communities or individuals their activities can impact. It explored different models of mechanism, stakeholders experiences of them, and what makes them more or less effective in practice.

During the consultations, stakeholders from all sides reported that the lack of readily available information about these mechanisms was a fundamental barrier both to accessing them and to understanding how to improve their performance.

The BASES project receives funding and support from the Open Society Foundation and it appears to be off to a good start. Currently more than 70 Case Stories are posted that illustrate a range of DR mechanisms at the Global, Regional, National and Local level and more than a 100 country profiles provide snapshots on what is happening in different countries worldwide.

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Posted by: Bill Warters on 2010 04 09 | Filed under Conflict Resolution  

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