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Toward a global standard for preventing and addressing the risk of adverse impacts on human rights linked to business activity
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Michael Addo: What’s So Special about the United Nations Approach to Business and Human Rights?

Michael Addo: What’s So Special about the United Nations Approach to Business and Human Rights? | UN's Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights | Scoop.it
 
Michael Addo: The United Nations Approach to Business and Human Rights
Jan Klawitter: Implementing the UN Guiding Principles at Anglo American
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Business & Human Rights : Home

Business & Human Rights : Home | UN's Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights | Scoop.it

Business & Human Rights Resource Centre's portal on the UN Guiding Principles

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This looks like it'll become the key portal to keep abreast of.

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Corporate respect for human rights: sustainability's new black?

Corporate respect for human rights: sustainability's new black? | UN's Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights | Scoop.it
Human rights used to be seen as a government issue, but with new UN standards, how can corporate support be sustained, asks Claire Methven O'Brien
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The UN Guiding Principles

In June 2011, in an unprecedented step, the United Nations Human Rights Council unanimously endorsed a set of Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. The Guiding Principles establish an authoritative global standard on the respective roles of businesses and governments in helping ensure that companies respect human rights in their own operations and through their business relationships. They elaborate on the three pillars of the UN "Protect, Respect and Remedy" Framework that Prof. Ruggie proposed to the Human Rights Council in 2008.

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The UN "Protect, Respect and Remedy" Framework

The UN "Protect, Respect and Remedy" Framework | UN's Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights | Scoop.it

In 2008 Prof. John Ruggie proposed to the Human Rights Council the "Protect, Respect and Remedy" Framework. The three pillars of the Framework are:

 

- Protect: the State duty to protect against human rights abuses by third parties, including business, through appropriate policies, regulation, and adjudication

 

- Respect: the corporate responsibility to respect human rights, which means to act with due diligence to avoid infringing the rights of others and to address adverse impacts that occur; and

 

- Remedy: both State and business responsibility to provide greater access by victims to effective remedy, both judicial and non-judicial.

 

In 2011, the United Nations Human Rights Council unamimously endorsed a set of Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, which elaborate on Ruggie's Framework. 

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Guiding Principles for Just Jobs

Guiding Principles for Just Jobs | UN's Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights | Scoop.it
Ben Moxham from the Trades Union Congress in the United Kingdom applauds the U.N. effort to hold businesses accountable worldwide for their labor practices, but suggests further steps.
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A Glass Filling Up: Reflections on the first year anniversary of the UN Guiding Principles on Busine - Guest Commentary

A Glass Filling Up: Reflections on the first year anniversary of the UN Guiding Principles on Busine - Guest Commentary | UN's Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights | Scoop.it
There have been tremendous strides made in a very short time in two - and possibly all three – of the areas which are necessary to changing business behavior with respect to human rights.
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Commentaries on the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights

Commentaries on the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights | UN's Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights | Scoop.it

Portal for commentaries on the Guiding Principles, from the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre

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What does Ruggie's framework mean for ethical trade?

What does Ruggie's framework mean for ethical trade? | UN's Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights | Scoop.it

This is a significant landmark and should cause all businesses whose activities have a real or potential impact on human rights to sit up and take notice.

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Developing Guidance on the Corporate Responsibility to Respect Human Rights

Developing Guidance on the Corporate Responsibility to Respect Human Rights | UN's Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights | Scoop.it

The European Commission identified the development of guidance on the corporate responsibility to respect human rights under the  UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights as one of its priority actions in its recent Communication on Corporate Social Responsibility. The Institute for Human Rights and Business (IHRB) and Shift (the Project Team) were selected to carry out the project of developing the three guides for the Commission over the course of 2012.

 

In February 2012, the Commission announced that guidance would be developed for the employment and recruitment agencies, information and communication technology (ICT) and oil and gas sectors.

 

The selection of the three sectors was informed by analysis carried out by Shift and IHRB against a set of publicly available objective criteria, which included consideration of submissions from business, NGOs and other stakeholders.

 

Together, the sectors face a wide range of significant human rights challenges that could benefit from detailed guidance focused on the corporate responsibility to respect human rights. Guidance to be developed under the project will also have added value to businesses from other sectors facing similar human rights related issues. The guides should serve as a reference for businesses from the sector in question for the development of their own human rights policies and processes and should also serve as a basis for further constructive engagement with other stakeholders.

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A legal guide to 'The Guiding Principles' on business and human rights

This guide provides an overview of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights from a legal perspective.

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Business Briefing: New UN Guiding Principles on Human Rights

Business Briefing: New UN Guiding Principles on Human Rights | UN's Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights | Scoop.it

In many people’s eyes the UN may be an unusual organisation to produce such guidance, and coming from that organisation their potential for impact may be questioned. So why should businesses pay attention to these Guiding Principles in particular? And what do they mean for businesses? In this short briefing, consultancy firm Twenty Fifty give some quick answers to those questions.

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Employers' Guide

Companies everywhere of all sizes are expected to take the necessary steps to realise the Guiding Principles throughout their business activities and relationships.


There is no one-size-fits-all response to using the Principles. Much will depend on the size of the company, and the sectors and locations in which it operates. That said, social expectations are that companies must act to "know and show" their respect for human rights.


This guide aims to help employers' organisations, and their member companies, understand the Guiding Principles and to start the process of implementation. Company experience and work by other groups andorganisations will continue to elaborate on the Principles.

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Business and human rights - Corporate social responsibility - Enterprise and Industry

Human rights guides for enterprises in 3 business sectors

The European Commission has published practical human rights guidance for enterprises in 3 business sectors:

- Employment and recuitment agencies

- Information and Communication Technology

- Oil and Gas

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Business & Human Rights : Links

Business & Human Rights : Links | UN's Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights | Scoop.it
Business & Human Rights Resource Centre is a charity promoting greater awareness and informed discussion of important policy issues.
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A useful 10 point summary of how to implement the principles.

"Executives who can translate “Protect, Respect and Remedy” effectively for their company, will create a competitive advantage as human rights go mainstream for business."

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ITUC, IndustriALL, CCC and UNI submission to UN Working group on Business and Human Rights

ITUC, IndustriALL, CCC and UNI submission to UN Working group on Business and Human Rights | UN's Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights | Scoop.it

A paper from global unions on Due Diligence and Freedom of Association

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Danish EU Presidency Conference Report

From Principles to Practice: The European Union operationalising the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights

 

In May 2012, the Danish EU Presidency of the Council of the European Union hosted an expert conference on the role of the state in protecting human rights in relation to the activities of business.The conference report provides an overview of the discussion that took place around the five main themes:

- The relevance of business and human rights at a time of financial crisis and other global challenges.

- The international policy context of business and human rights.

- The state duty to protect human rights and assisting partner states.

- Human rights due diligence and the role of the state in promoting or requiring this.

 -Access to remedies and the role of the state in ensuring access to victims of human rights abuses.

 

The main issues raised by participants were:

- Policy and legislative coherence within the EU.

- Achieving a global level playing field.

- Capacity-building and development priorities.

- EU guidance to business.

- Accountability: access to justice and adequate remedies.

- Transparency: non-financial reporting and disclosure.

- Public prove partnerships and multistakeholder initiatives.

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UN Guiding Principles and audits

UN Guiding Principles and audits | UN's Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights | Scoop.it

Stuart Bell, Director of Policy at Ergon Associates, looks at some of the shortcomings of conventional audits as a tool and how companies are increasingly taking a different tack. And how the Guiding Principles are set to become the main international reference point for how businesses should tackle human rights, including labour rights.

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The UN Guiding Principles – Opportunities, Challenges - One Year Later - Guest Commentary

The UN Guiding Principles – Opportunities, Challenges - One Year Later - Guest Commentary | UN's Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights | Scoop.it
The framework developed by John Ruggie and his team and the adoption one year ago of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (GPs) was a turning point in the debate on the responsibilities of business to society.
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Tesco's pilot of Ruggie's principles in South Africa

Tesco's pilot of Ruggie's principles in South Africa | UN's Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights | Scoop.it

Tesco was one of four companies - and the only retailer - that volunteered to pilot the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights in its South African supplier farms.

 

Says Tania Moodley of Tesco South Africa: ‘We believe that Ruggie's principles formed a constructive and comprehensive set of guideposts for the development of an effective grievance mechanism that caters for the needs of farm workers in the South African fruit sector."

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UN Human Rights Framework: What executives need to know about human rights

UN Human Rights Framework: What executives need to know about human rights | UN's Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights | Scoop.it

The framework and guiding principles are relevant for all companies, not just those facing obvious human rights issues, and not just large and visible multinationals. "Protect, respect and remedy" is a phrase that many more executives worldwide will hear and be asked to explain over the next 12 months. If you are, or if you advise, one of those executives, there are ten things you need to know (and do) about human rights...

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Are companies ready to implement UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights?

Are companies ready to implement UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights? | UN's Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights | Scoop.it

A key question for the time ahead - are corporate leaders ready for the Guiding Principles? The short and perhaps unsurprising answer, say IHRB staff, is that most leading companies have a lot of work ahead of them. 

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The corporate responsibility to respect human rights: An interpretive guide

This UN guide is designed to support the process of effective implementation of the Guiding Principles, focusing on the Principles that specifically address the corporate responsibility to respect human rights. 

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Applying the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights to the ICT Industry

Business for Social Responsibility is exploring how information and communications technology (ICT) companies can apply the Guiding Principles, and have proposed four priorities:

1. Engage with users
2. Undertake due diligence on business relationships.
3. Understand opportunities for leverage.
4. Increase comparability in human rights reporting.

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