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Interlaken Group
Interlaken Group
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Location

Washington
United States
Working languages
English

The Interlaken Group is an informal network of individual leaders from influential companies, investors, CSOs, government and international organizations. The purpose of the Group is to expand and leverage private sector action to secure community land rights. Together they develop, adopt and disseminate new tools and advance new “pre-competitive” mechanisms to accelerate private sector learning on responsible land rights practices.


Co-chaired by Andy White of RRI and Mark Constantine of the IFC, the Interlaken Group first came together at the 2013 International Conference sponsored by RRI, Helvetas, Oxfam, and IUCN on Scaling-Up Strategies to Secure Community Land and Resource Rights. They have met regularly since. Members are committed to a "race to the top" for companies and their investors to support improved land governance and the land rights of rural people. Minutes are prepared for every meeting following Chatham House Rule and are made publically available.


The Interlaken Group is a self-selected group of strategic actors and is not representative of stakeholders. It complements existing public and representative fora by discussing contentious issues, and developing and encouraging solutions. The first collaborative product of the Interlaken Group is the Land and Forest Rights Guide for companies that have committed to the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure (VGGT). It provides a manageable presentation of the VGGT, along with steps to ensure that a company – both senior leadership and operational teams in the field - acts consistently with highest international standards. This Guide complements others developed for the VGGT, but is unique in that it was produced with the collaboration of, and for, the private sector.

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Resources

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Land Legacy Issues - Guidance on Corporate Responsibility

Manuals & Guidelines
August, 2017
Global

This Guide aims to inform companies that hold land or purchase land directly from companies that hold land. It provides operational guidance for companies confronting “legacy land issues” and clarifies a company’s roles and responsibilities in dealing with legacy land issues in their existing holdings, while also providing direction on where to look for more detailed information and tools.

Respecting Land and Forest Rights - A Guide for Companies

Manuals & Guidelines
August, 2015
Global

This Guide provides an entry point to understanding and implementing the principles of responsible governance of land tenure set out in the VGGT for companies involved in land-based investment. It provides a more manageable presentation of the VGGT, along with steps to ensure that a company acts consistently with them and includes thorough due diligence on the tenure rights of project-affected communities.

Respecting Land and Forest Rights: Risks, Opportunities and a Guide for Companies

Training Resources & Tools
July, 2015
Global

This Guide is complementary to the Interlaken Group's 'Respecting Land and Forest Rights: a Guide for Companies'. It provides guidance on what companies can do to reduce risk through improve tenure governance in land-based investment, reflecting the principles of responsible governance of land tenure set out in the VGGT. It provides a more manageable presentation of the VGGT, along with steps to ensure that a company acts consistently with them and includes thorough due diligence on the tenure rights of project-affected communities.

Respecting Land and Forest Rights: Risks, Opportunities and a Guide for Companies

Training Resources & Tools
July, 2015
Global

This Guide is complementary to the Interlaken Group's 'Respecting Land and Forest Rights: a Guide for Companies'. It provides guidance on what companies can do to reduce risk through improve tenure governance in land-based investment, reflecting the principles of responsible governance of land tenure set out in the VGGT. It provides a more manageable presentation of the VGGT, along with steps to ensure that a company acts consistently with them and includes thorough due diligence on the tenure rights of project-affected communities.

Background document on guidance to corporates on the practical application of the CFS Voluntary Guidelines on Land Tenure (VGGT)

Manuals & Guidelines
December, 2014
Global

The objective of this document is to guide the corporates and investors understand how to respect peoples’ ’‘tenure rights to land, fisheries and forest”,and ensure that communities have access to remedies ‘acceptable to both parties’ when such rights are impinged or such potential is recognized.