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Resources for E&S impact assessment

14 - Environmental and social impact assessments - Responsible Agricultural Investment (RAI): Knowledge into Action Notes series

Tools and Guides

This note is part of an Action Notes series and provides guidance for governments and companies on the conduct of environmental and social impact assessments (ESIAs) and the implementation of associated environmental and social management plans (ESMPs).

13 - Water Access and Management - Responsible Agricultural Investment (RAI): Knowledge into Action Notes series

Tools and Guides

This note is part of an Action Notes series and provides guidance for governments and companies on how to ensure that the impact of agricultural investments on water resources is effectively measured, monitored, and regulated.

9 - Monitoring Investments - Responsible Agricultural Investment (RAI): Knowledge into Action Notes series

Tools and Guides

This note is part of an Action Notes series and provides guidance for governments and companies on how to monitor the performance and impact of agricultural investments, and on which aspects to observe.

A Community Guide to the Asian Development Bank: How to Use ADB Safeguard Policies to Protect Your Human Rights

Tools and Guides

This guide provides a simple yet complete resource to help communities to understand the Asian Development Bank’s policies and use them for justice. While it focuses on the ADB, it also contains information that is useful for any campaign against destructive development—even if the ADB is not involved. The guide contains different kinds of information, including:

• Information about human rights and rights-based development

• Information about the Asian Development Bank and its safeguard policies

• Learning activities for community workshops

• Stories of the impacts of development projects, and ways that communities have defended themselves

• Advocacy tools to defend against destructive projects, to influence ADB plans, and to build campaigns for development justice

• Tips from community activists who have spent many years defending community rights.

A Community Guide to the International Finance Corporation’s Performance Standard 7 on Indigenous Peoples (PS7)

Tools and Guides

This guide helps communities, community-based organisations and other supporters know what to do if a company is planning to develop projects on or near their customary lands, using a loan from the International Finance Corporation (IFC) – the private sector part of the World Bank Group. This guide is also useful for any projects using loans from other funders or companies that have chosen to follow the IFC’s social and environmental rules.

A Guide to Gender Impact Assessment for the Extractive Industries

Tools and Guides

This guide provides information for companies in the mining, oil and gas sector - and their consultants - on how to undertake a gender impact assessment to gain and maintain a “social licence to operate” with impacted communities and avoid conflict and costly shut-downs. It

• describes some important principles and approaches that should underpin a gender impact assessment,

• provides a framework for companies to identify, understand and respond to the gender impacts of an extractive industry project, and

• outlines some key concepts, definitions and case studies.

Achieving Socially Responsible Land Investment - Model Guidebook for Business Enterprises Considering Agricultural Investment

Tools and Guides

This Guidebook for Business Enterprise includes instructions and tailorable tools for business professionals seeking to design and implement an agricultural investment in a socially responsible manner that recognises and protects community land rights. It provides support for implementing best practices related to understanding and respecting land rights in the context of an investment. It is intended to be used alongside additional resources that focus on other critical aspects of investment design and implementation, such as guidance and best practices for understanding and mitigating environmental impacts. It is intended to be adaptable to different contexts and investment models.

Analytical Framework for Land-Based Investments in African Agriculture - Due Diligence and Risk Management for Land-Based Investments in Agriculture

Tools and Guides

The Analytical Framework is a tool designed to help investors ensure that their land-based investments are inclusive, sustainable, transparent, and respect human rights. It can help investors and companies assess whether a project is adhering to best practices, and if not, to find out how to address deficiencies.

Community Development Toolkit

Tools and Guides

The ICMM has developed 20 tools to support mining and metals companies in promoting sustainable community development. These tools will also be useful to companies involved in other sectors. They offer practical guidance for every stage of the mining process from exploration, construction and operations, to decommissioning, closure and ultimately, the post-closure environment.These tools are accompanied by easy-to-use, step-by-step route maps, to help:

• Foster constructive working relationships between communities, companies and governments

• Build capacity within governments, companies and local communities to address sustainable development at local level

• Improve understanding of local community development processes

• Promote the potential of mine development and operation to add value to sustainable social and economic development

Due diligence, tenure and agricultural investment. A guide to the dual responsibilities of private sector lawyers advising on the acquisition of land and natural resources

Tools and Guides

This guide examines the role and responsibilities of private sector lawyers when advising their clients on agricultural investments. It discusses how lawyers can prevent and/or address and mitigate adverse human rights impacts on holders of legitimate tenure rights when advising on or conducting their due diligence and risk assessment processes on behalf of their clients. It provides a number of key recommendations, including on how to align legal advice with the VGGT and CFS-RAI.