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Working with CSOs and Other Organisations

Civil society organisations (CSOs) play an important role in addressing security and human rights challenges. In some cases, CSOs work in partnership with private companies. In other cases, constructive working relations have not developed. Drawing on the expertise and experience of international and local CSOs can offer a number of benefits for companies. It can also help CSOs to better understand corporate cultures and objectives. Important areas of CSO expertise include situational analysis, support for training and engagement with local communities. Below we provide a non-exhaustive list of some CSOs and other organisations working in areas related to security and human rights, including members and observers to the VPs.

This report and guidance document aims to support and further companies’ proactive relations and collaborations with nongovernmental organizations. See part 2 for practical step-by-step guidance on how to “identify relevant NGOs, assess and select among potential NGO partners, and implement an effective project involving NGOs.”

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