The Social Practice Forum (the Forum)1 established a Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) Working Group with the objective of contributing practical tools and resources to support social performance around FPIC. As social
practitioners, our day-to-day work is intimately linked to the emergence and application of international good practice and the transition to more inclusive decision-making that demonstrates respect for Indigenous rights and human rights. We understand first-hand the challenges and complexities that working toward, achieving, and maintaining free, prior, and informed consent represents and the ambiguities that continue to exist. The FPIC Working Group process began with a compilation of our experiences with company responses to key questions we often hear about FPIC, followed by a compilation of available resources and practical examples from the field and from conversations with Indigenous people. This document is the first output of the working group. It aims to document and share our collective knowledge of, and exposure to, company efforts to deal with FPIC. The questions included and examples highlighted are meant to support practitioners in their work with companies in planning for and applying FPIC and finding clear directions in unclear situations. It is intended to be a living document that will evolve as the Forum’s membership grows and as we gain additional experience on the topic. While most of the practical examples presented in this document were gleaned from work the Forum’s members have done with companies, we hope to gather more examples from Indigenous peoples for subsequent iterations and, thus, welcome all feedback to this end.