Christine Bader: Extractives industry partnerships led to human rights progress

After nine years of working with British Petroleum as a policy development manager, Christine Bader gained a unique view into how the human rights practices of the extractives industry has evolved.

“There is much more awareness and acknowledgement of the fact that building a big fence doesn’t work,” said Bader, speaking with Devex Impact associate editor Andrea Useem on the sidelines of the BSR conference in New York. “It just doesn’t work to block out the community around you.”

Now a non-resident senior fellow at Duke University’s Kenan Institute for Ethics, Bader said the partnership that created the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights helped set a new standard of practice. She credited companies like Shell and BP for working closely with nonprofits and government to create the guidelines.

Looking ahead, Bader also highlighted new and emerging human rights issues for business.

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    Andrea Useem

    As Associate Editor and Content Director for Devex Impact, Andrea creates and manages cutting-edge content on the intersection of business and international development. An experienced multimedia journalist, Andrea served as leadership editor at the Washington Post and spent three years as a foreign correspondent in Eastern Africa reporting for publications including the Boston Globe, Dallas Morning News, and San Francisco Chronicle.

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