Recent Press Releases

FPW Action Letter for EP4 Draft

Letter of Support: Indigenous Peoples Need Better Protections in Latest Equator Principles Draft

July 8, 2019

Dear Colleagues, The Equator Principles Association (EPA) recently released the new draft of the Equator Principles, EP4. Many of you have already seen First Peoples Worldwide's response . The Equator Principles is the only global framework for banks to assess social and environmental risk for the projects they finance ...

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Shareholder Advocacy Workshop Part 2: Human Rights Due Diligence

June 28, 2019

How human rights due diligence is vital for socially responsible investments and business practices, and how investors and companies can incorporate the rights of Indigenous Peoples into their projects to improve returns and create positive social impact.

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New Equator Principles Draft Falls Short of Adequately Assessing Social Risk and Protecting the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

June 24, 2019

The EP4 draft must take stronger steps to adhere to the EPA’s stated commitment to the UNGPs and to provide a robust and global standard for environmental and social risk assessment.

First Peoples Worldwide Shareholder Advocacy Leadership Training on April 29, 2019.

Shareholder Advocacy Workshop Report: Alignment with Indigenous Peoples' Rights Creates Socially Responsible Investment Opportunities

June 10, 2019

How investors, shareholders, financial institutions and other stakeholders can partner with Indigenous Peoples to better align their investment portfolios with a commitment to international human rights norms.

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Program Name returns to First Peoples Worldwide

May 10, 2019

In the fall of 2017, Indigenous economist Rebecca Adamson asked University of Colorado Law School Professor and Director of the American Indian Law Clinic Carla F. Fredericks to continue her trailblazing work to build capacity for Indigenous Peoples’ participation in corporate shareholder advocacy. The First Peoples Investment Engagement Program was...

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Op-Ed: Indigenous Youth, Climate Change, Corporate Shareholder Advocacy

April 22, 2019

Indigenous youth are increasingly finding themselves on the front lines of intense social conflict as land and water protectors. As they seek to protect their environmental resources, they are experiencing extreme human rights abuses and, in many cases, the project proceeds to completion without any consideration of the social and...


The Bigger Problem with How Energy Transfer Partners and Other Pipeline Companies Do Business

April 19, 2019

The recent Bloomberg Businessweek story, “ The Billionaire Behind the Dakota Access Pipeline is a Little Lonely ,” about Kelcy Warren and his company, Energy Transfer Partners (ETP), confirmed what many of us in the human rights community already know – ignoring the social risks of an investment or a...

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Upcoming Events at the UNPFII

April 10, 2019

The FPIEP is hosting two events at the upcoming Eighteenth Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) in New York City. Monday, April 22 from 18:30 - 20:00 In partnership with the Global Indigenous Youth Caucus and the Tribal Link Foundation , the FPIEP is hosting...


Support for the Chaco Cultural Heritage Protection Act, S. 1079

April 10, 2019

The Chaco Cultural Heritage Protection Act (Act) takes a necessary step towards safeguarding the cultural heritage and ancestral territories of Indigenous Peoples in the southwest United States. In brief, the Act prevents future leasing or development of minerals owned by the U.S. Federal government located within an approximately 10-mile protected...


New Report Finds Increase of Violence Coincides with Oil Boom

March 14, 2019

In 2000, Native women experienced sexual assault at a rate seven times higher than white women and there is no indication that this disparity has narrowed in the past nineteen years. [1] Since the Bakken oil boom, Native American communities have reported increased rates of human trafficking, specifically sex trafficking,...