Given that the situation of Indigenous peoples varies from region to region, community to community, as well as industry to industry, covering all the unique contexts in one report would not be possible. While this Toolkit seeks to provide investors with tools to develop and implement their own due diligence, investors should take necessary steps to adapt the recommendations to their specific context and investment universe and seek to understand and prioritize the perspective of Indigenous communities potentially affected by their investments. Questions and considerations for investors to assess their due diligence process with respect to Indigenous rights may include:
Have we adopted and implemented adequate policies and internal due diligence systems with respect to Indigenous rights?
Have we taken adequate steps to identify Indigenous peoples potentially impacted by our investee companies and their value chains?
Have we taken adequate steps to identify, understand, and prioritize the perspectives of potentially impacted Indigenous peoples, including by consulting, learning from, and cooperating with Indigenous peoples’ representatives?
Have we taken adequate steps to use our leverage, or increase our leverage, to prevent, mitigate and enable remedy regarding impacts on Indigenous peoples?
This Toolkit is an effort to provide guidance to investors on Indigenous rights. Just as investor engagement and action on Indigenous rights should be iterative, so too should be this guidance. Investors, Indigenous people, and other stakeholders are encouraged to provide feedback.