Members of the Land Rights as Human Rights Initiative (CBI 9/10) found that in recent years we have witnessed an increased demand for land, as governments and big business pursued an export–oriented strategy founded in large measure on agricultural investments and natural resource exploitation.
This publication discusses the relevance to land and agriculture of the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGP BHR), and provides an overview of the state of the UNGP BHR’s implementation in Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Nepal, and the Philippines. While significant efforts were undertaken by human rights institutions and CSOs to promote UNGP BHR, this book outlines areas of action at country and regional levels to mainstream UNGP BHR. Also included in this publication is a Scorecard that communities may use in assessing private investments in land and agriculture in their initial exploratory stages or investments that have just begun operations. Noting that developing an effective scorecard system requires a long and thorough consultative process, this tool is not to be seen as a finished product but rather, a work-in-progress.
Upholding Land Rights amidst the Land Rush