Together with The Network to Fight Against Hunger (RELUFA) based in Cameroon, Alternative Law Groups based in the Philippines, as well as Social Action and We the People based in Nigeria, MSI Integrity undertook a pilot project to examine standard-setting MSIs from the perspective of their intended beneficiaries: communities and rights-holders.
MSIs are most often established with the intention of benefiting an identifiable stakeholder group, such as workers, small-scale farmers, and local populations. However, there is little documentation of how these groups perceive MSIs or what they experience as a result of initiative implementation.
Project partners conducted on-the-ground research in Cameroon, Nigeria and Philippines to gather community perspectives on:
- Whether MSIs are achieving their intended impacts and have enhanced the protection of human rights; and
- How MSIs can serve community interests and needs, and meaningfully engage and empower rights-holders.
This project was funded with a Learn from Innovation Grant from Voice, which is financed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands and managed in consortium by Oxfam Novib and Hivos.
The final results of this project are included in report, Not Fit-for-Purpose: The Grand Experiment of Multi-Stakeholder Initiatives in Corporate Accountability, Human Rights and Global Governance.