Project stakeholder engagement is at the heart of the Bank’s new Environmental and Social Policy Framework (ESPF). But stakeholders’ concerns for their safety, or the safety of their families, can prevent them from speaking out about any grievances they may have. In recognition of this, the ESPF reflects the IDB’s zero tolerance to “retaliation, such as threats, intimidation, … [Read more...] about 5 steps to managing risks of retaliation for project-related complaints
Tove Holmström is a former staff member of the UN Human Rights Office. Working as an independent human rights consultant, her work addresses responsible business conduct with a particular focus on retaliation against stakeholders. In this capacity, she has worked with several development banks and their independent accountability mechanisms, the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights defenders and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. Most recently, she has been working on the safe engagement with trade unionists in Myanmar, and with defectors of the national armed forces.