Global Consultation

Overview of the Global Consultation and Review Process

MSI Integrity conducted our first global consultation and review process from May 1 to August 31, 2013. Comments and feedback were sought regarding MSI Integrity’s proposed multi-stakeholder initiative (MSI) evaluation tool and methodology, and the organization’s future activities. More than 100 individuals and organizations provided written comments or participated in the ten regional meetings (see below) in Africa, Asia, Europe, Oceania, North America and South America.


The feedback throughout the process strongly affirmed the value and need for our work to develop independent methods for evaluating MSIs, and to facilitate research and share learning about the impact and value of MSIs from a human rights perspective. An Advisory Group reviewed the comments and presented MSI Integrity’s Board with the Advisory Group Recommendations and Considerations Report in October 2013. The report reiterated overall support for the proposed evaluation framework and MSI Integrity, and provided constructive recommendations based on the comments from the consultation process.


Our Board closely reviewed the recommendations between November 2013 and February 2014. On March 17, 2014, the Board of MSI Integrity responded to the Advisory Group Report with an announcement adopting the core Advisory Group recommendations and detailing the actions being taken to implement them.


Draft Materials Provided for Review During Consultation

In advance of the open comment period and regional meetings, MSI Integrity widely disseminated a series of draft materials for review during the consultation process. The process was initially announced and outlined in the Global Consultation announcement, and a comment submission guide and comment forms were distributed for written submissions. To inform the consultation process about the proposed evaluation criteria and methodology, MSI Integrity released working drafts of: the MSI Evaluation Tool (draft version), the proposed Human Rights Scope and Mandate Evaluation Criteria, an Overview of the Methodology (draft), and a Summary Table of the Minimum Standards (draft) (this terminology is now refined to “Essential Elements” based on consultation recommendations). To demonstrate the application and value of the MSI Evaluation Tool criteria and methodology, working drafts of pilot evaluation reports were released with the agreement of 4C (Common Code for the Coffee Community) and EITI.


Summary of Regional Consultation Events

Details of the regional consultation events that were held in July and August 2013 are available by region:


A dialogue in the African region was held on July 22, 2013, coordinated by the Center for Applied Legal Studies (CALS) at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa.


Thank you to all who participated in this event or submitted comments.


On July 24, 2013, the proposed methodology and evaluation criteria were discussed at a meeting of the Southeast Asia National Human Rights Institutions (NHRI) Forum. The meeting was attended by NHRIs from the Phillipines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, East Timor, and Myanmar.


An additional dialogue was held in Sonipat, outside New Delhi, India, on August 21, 2013. This event was coordinated by and located at the Jindal Global Law School.


Thank you to all who participated in these events or submitted comments.


A dialogue was held in Den Haag, Netherlands, on August 29, 2013. This event was coordinated and hosted by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


Thank you to all who participated in this event or submitted comments.

North America

Consultation events were held in North America on May 2, 2013, hosted by the Center for Business and Human Rights at NYU Stern Business School, and on May 7, 2013 in Washington, DC, hosted by the Netherlands Embassy.


An additional dialogue was held at the World Bank on July 17, 2013.


Thank you to all who participated in these events or submitted comments.


Consultation events were held in Australia during August 2013 in Melbourne, Canberra, and Sydney. On August 13, 2013, the La Trobe University School of Business coordinated a dialogue in Melbourne. On August 14, the Law, Governance, and Development Initiative at the Australian National University College of Law hosted an event. Finally, on August 15, 2013, the Australian Human Rights Centre at the University of New South Wales Law School facilitated an event.


Thank you to all who participated in these events or submitted comments.

South America

A consultation event was held in Bogota, Colombia on August 26, 2013, co-hosted by Indepaz and the Jorge Tadeo University. The dialogue was held at Jorge Tadeo University.



This meeting preceded the United Nations Working Group on Business and Human Rights regional forum on business and human rights for Latin America and the Caribbean, which was held on August 28-30, 2013 in Medellin, Colombia.


Planning Future Consultation and Review

In keeping with MSI Integrity’s commitment to strive for engagement and reflexive consultation with all stakeholders, public global consultations will be held every three to five years to seek feedback on the major components of MSI Integrity’s work.



Last updated: March 26, 2014

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