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UNGPs Guidance & Implementation

See how companies and governments should implement the UNGPs

This section features guidance on how companies and governments should implement the UN Guiding Principles. One of the key concepts set out in the UNGPs as part of companies' responsibility to respect human rights, and covered in many of the materials below, is human rights due diligence: “An ongoing risk management process… in order to identify, prevent, mitigate and account for how [a company] addresses its adverse human rights impacts. It includes four key steps: assessing actual and potential human rights impacts; integrating and acting on the findings; tracking responses; and communicating about how impacts are addressed" (UNGP Reporting Framework).

Official Guidance

Interpretive Guide

The corporate responsibility to respect human rights: An interpretive guide by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions on the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights

An Introduction

The UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights: An Introduction by the UN Working Group on Business & Human Rights

Other key guidance for companies

UN Guiding Principles Reporting Framework

Comprehensive guide on company reporting in line with the UN Guiding Principles from Shift

Corporate Human Rights Benchmark

Annual human rights assessment of 200 of the largest publicly traded companies in the world

OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Business Conduct

Guidance on the OECD MNE Guidelines' due diligence provisions aligning with the UN Guiding Principles

Investor Toolkit on Human Rights

Comprehensive guide on making and managing investments in alignment with the UN Guiding Principles

Doing business with respect for human rights

Practical advice, experiences and insights to help companies respect human rights

Salient human rights issues

The concept of salient human rights issues is key to implementation of the UNGPs and human rights due diligence. This video by Shift and Mike Babb provides a short introduction.