GRI 411: Rights of Indigenous Peoples 2016
Contains disclosures for organizations to report information about their impacts related to the rights of indigenous peoples, and how they manage these impacts 💥.
The Standard is structured as follows:
Section 1 contains a requirement, which provides information about how the organization manages its impacts related to the rights of indigenous peoples.
Section 2 contains one disclosure, which provides information about the organization’s impacts related to the rights of indigenous peoples.
The Glossary contains defined terms with a specific meaning when used in the GRI Standards. The terms are underlined in the text of the GRI Standards and linked to the definitions.
The Bibliography lists authoritative intergovernmental instruments and additional references used in developing this Standard.
The rest of the Introduction section provides a background on the topic, an overview of the system of GRI Standards, and further information on using this Standard.
Background on the topic
This Standard addresses the rights of indigenous peoples. While there is no universal definition of indigenous people, they are generally identified as:
Tribal peoples in independent countries whose social, cultural, and economic conditions distinguish them from other sections of the national community, and whose status is regulated wholly or partially by their own customs or traditions or by special laws or regulations;
Peoples in independent countries who are regarded as indigenous on account of their descent from the populations that inhabited the country, or a geographical region to which the country belongs, at the time of conquest or colonization or the establishment of present state boundaries and who, irrespective of their legal status, retain some or all of their own social, economic, cultural and political institutions.
Many indigenous peoples have suffered from historic injustices and therefore are considered a vulnerable group. Such a group could experience negative impacts as a result of the organization’s activities more severely than the general population.
In addition to their collective rights, each person belonging to indigenous peoples shares universal human rights. These concepts are covered in key instruments of the International Labour Organization and the United Nations: see the Bibliography.
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