When Royal HaskoningDHV is involved in a project which affects indigenous peoples or other traditional livelihoods (e.g. nomads, artisanal fishermen, maroons) we support our clients in complying with the highest international standards in order to safeguard these culturally differentiated groups from project related impacts, while maximizing the potential positive impacts.

Due to their special relation to the living environment and a differentiated culture to western society, Indigenous peoples and other traditional livelihoods are more vulnerable to social and environmental impacts from projects. For this reason, there are several international standards to guarantee that Indigenous peoples and other traditional livelihoods are properly considered when a project might affect their lands.

These safeguard mechanisms include the International Labour Convention 169 on Indigenous and Tribal peoples, the International Finance Corporation Performance Standard 7 (PS7) and the World Bank Operational Directive 4.10. Requirements include the need to consult with the affect group at an early stage in project development, the establishment of culturally adequate mitigation measures and respect for local traditions and sacred sites. These several international social safeguard mechanisms require the Free Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) of Indigenous peoples for any project affecting their lives.

Our experience

Royal HaskoningDHV’s core values shape our approach to stakeholder engagement while respecting local cultures. We believe that society as a whole, and specifically the communities and living environments that we touch, provides the context in which we operate and give back.

Royal HaskoningDHV has a dedicated team, based in different regions of the world, counting with social, environmental, engineering and economic expertise, to deliver international standards compliance at a local level.