Over the past several decades, a surge of voluntary initiatives has emerged to address the human rights impacts of businesses. These include: multi-stakeholder initiatives (MSIs), which are collaborations among various stakeholders such as corporations, civil society, government, and local communities; industry-led standard-setting initiatives; and public-private partnerships (PPPs) between business and government to address industry impacts. MSIs have received particular attention, including mention in the UN’s Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, for their perceived legitimacy and putative potential to impact human rights given their greater resources, flexibility, and collaborative nature. As a result, MSI Integrity has focused its attention on MSIs, which continue to grow in prominence. At this stage, it is not practicable to evaluate all MSIs. We have developed a set of criteria to be weighed in the selection of MSIs for evaluation. MSI Integrity is committed to continuous application and revision of its methodology and will periodically revisit these criteria.
MSI Integrity selects voluntary initiatives for evaluation based on the following criteria:
MSI Integrity seeks to evaluate voluntary initiatives that:
In selecting particular MSIs for evaluation, MSI Integrity looks for:
Our pilot round of MSI evaluations includes five MSIs that covered a diverse range of industries and geography, stages of development, human rights concerns, and global- or local-levels of focus. The MSI evaluated are the: Common Code for the Coffee Community (4C Association); Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI); Fair Labor Association (FLA); Global Network Initiative (GNI); and Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS).