Publications available from MSI Integrity are available below, organized by project or program.

MSI Evaluation Tool

MSI Integrity, in conjunction with Harvard Law School’s International Human Rights Clinic, developed the MSI Evaluation Tool to assess the institutional design of MSIs from a human rights perspective. The MSI Evaluation Tool has been rigorously developed through a five-year iterative process of extensive research, practical pilot-testing, and global consultation with the public and experts on MSIs. The Tool was originally developed to assess whether global standard-setting MSIs have been designed in a manner to effectively protect and promote human rights.

MSI Integrity has also published a simplified version of the evaluation tool called the Essential Elements of MSI Design (Essential Elements) which contains only those indicator questions that identify design features that are necessary but insufficient for MSIs to effectively protect and promote human rights. Though the Essential Elements does not provide a comprehensive evaluation of MSI design, it may be used to conduct preliminary, indicator-based assessments or inform the development of new MSIs or revisions to existing ones.

The finalized MSI Evaluation Tool (2017), builds off the Draft MSI Evaluation Tool (2013) by incorporating feedback related to indicator criteria and clarifying assessment procedures. A summary of each comment received during the 2013 Global Consultation process and the resulting modifications is available here.

Download the MSI Evaluation Tool (2017) here.

Download the Essential Elements of MSI Design here.

Pilot MSI Evaluation Evaluation Reports

From 2012-13, MSI Integrity conducted a set of pilot evaluations into five MSIs (4C AssociationExtractive Industries Transparency InitiativeFair Labor AssociationGlobal Network InitiativeKimberley Process Certification Scheme) in conjunction with Harvard Law School’s International Human Rights Clinic. These evaluations contributed to the development process for the MSI Evaluation Tool and assessment methodology.

Prior to our 2013 Global Consultation and review process, MSI Integrity requested permission from the governing bodies of each evaluated MSI to release updated versions of the pilot evaluation reports as working drafts to inform the consultation process. Both the 4C Association (4C) and Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) responded positively to this request. The Kimberley Process Certification Scheme did not provide a response while the Global Network Initiative and the Fair Labor Association declined publication of their reports as working drafts.

Download the 4C Working Evaluation Report here.

Download the EITI Working Evaluation Report here.

These draft reports serve as an example of the long-form evaluation reports that result from an MSI Evaluation and provide contextual details, analysis, and recommendations for MSIs regarding their MSI Evaluation Tool assessment results. More information on all five pilot evaluations is available here.

MSI Database Report

MSI Integrity, in collaboration with the Duke Human Rights Center at the Kenan Institute for Ethics and with pro bono support from the law firm Miller & Chevalier, has created the MSI Database, a searchable, online overview of the landscape of transnational, standard-setting MSIs. This resource includes information on nearly 50 MSIs and maps key information about each initiative’s institutional design characteristics, such as whether an initiative has external complaint mechanisms or monitors members for compliance with its standards. The Database allows researchers, MSI practitioners, and the general public to explore these initiatives by using filters to highlight key institutional design characteristics of each MSI.

The database is complemented by our report, “The New Regulators? Assessing the Landscape of Multi-Stakeholder Initiatives,” which analyzes trends across standard-setting MSIs.

View the MSI Database website here.

Download “The New Regulators? Assessing the Landscape of Multi-Stakeholder Initiatives,” here.

Download the project methodology here.

EITI Accountability Mechanisms Report 
EITI Accountability Mechanisms Report

On August 16 and 17, 2016, MSI Integrity convened the “EITI Accountability Mechanisms Design Workshop” in Barcelona, Spain. The workshop aimed to address the absence of safe and reliable mechanisms for civil society stakeholders to raise concerns about breaches of the EITI Standard, and brought together leading human rights and accountability mechanism experts, civil society representatives from the EITI International Board, and natural resource governance advocates from EITI countries.

MSI Integrity’s report, EITI Accountability and Grievance Mechanisms: Perspectives from Civil Society and Natural Resource Governance Advocates, details discussions from the worksop, which culminated in design sessions to develop proposals for how EITI could close accountability gaps. More information about the workshop and report can be found here.

Protecting the Cornerstone: Assessing the Governance of Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative Multi-Stakeholder Groups

On February 12, 2015, MSI Integrity released a landmark report on the governance of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), assessing whether national multi-stakeholder groups – the driving force in the EITI – are operated and governed effectively. The report contains findings and recommendations based on our research, as well as a protocol for developing strong multi-stakeholder governance rules and procedures, and a guidance note for effective civil society participation in the EITI.

More information about the report, including individual country assessments and data sets, can be found here.

The report, summary report, and practical guidance notes can be downloaded directly here:

Advisory Guidance by MSI Integrity

MSI Integrity regularly offers advisory guidance to external entities, including MSIs, upon request or in response to a public consultation process. Our comments and expertise are frequently provided during meetings, however some of our written public submissions and guidance offered to external entities are available here:

2013 global consultation and review process
2013 Global Consultation and Review Process

MSI Integrity held its inaugural global consultation and review process between May 1 and August 31, 2013. During September and October, an Advisory Group reviewed the comments and feedback and presented the MSI Integrity Board with recommendations and considerations based on the consultation feedback on October 16, 2013. Our Board carefully reviewed the recommendations from November 2013 to February 2014, and on March 17, 2014 announced the decision to adopt and implement the core recommendations from the consultation process.

Each of these reports is available here: