In preparation and to enhance the opportunity for dialogue on multi-stakeholder approaches to remedy at the Forum in 2017, GBI and BHRRC authored a blog entitled “Effective Remedy: The power and pitfalls of multi-stakeholder engagement”, which was published online by the Cambridge Business and Human Rights Journal. The blog shared high-level observations and insights from previous panels and background research and focussed on how multi stakeholder approaches can be used to realise effective access to remedy for victims of business-related human rights abuses, and some of the lessons learnt from past panels and research. The blog highlighted that:
- Effective engagement involves all parties at the table, with rights- holders at the centre
- It takes effort and time and there is no one-size-fits-all solution.
- Three is still the magic number. Implementation of all three pillars of the UNGPs is needed to ensure effective remedy.
- It can be complex - it is inevitable that conflict will arise and there is value in becoming comfortable with the complexity and time required for operationalising multi-stakeholder remedial initiatives in practice.