Established in 2000, the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights are a set of principles designed to guide companies in maintaining the safety and security of their operations within an operating framework that encourages respect for human rights. The principles are a result of governments of the United States and the United Kingdom, companies in the extractive and energy sectors, and non-governmental organizations, having engaged in a dialogue on security and human rights. The participants recognize the importance of the promotion and protection of human rights throughout the world and the constructive role business and civil society — including non-governmental organizations, labor/trade unions, and local communities — can play in advancing these goals.
Hydro participates in projects and committees as appropriate. Financial contributions are given as ordinary membership fees.