The UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights are a set of guidelines for States and companies to prevent, address and remedy human rights abuses committed in business operations.
They were proposed by UN Special Representative on business & human rights John Ruggie, and endorsed by the UN Human Rights Council in June 2011. In the same resolution, the UN Human Rights Council established the UN Working Group on business & human rights.
UN Guiding Principles at 10
On the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the UN Guiding Principles, the UN Working Group is undertaking a new project informed by wide-ranging stakeholder consultations, to chart a course for a decade of action on business and human rights.
The UNGPs rest on three pillars
State duty to protect human rights.
The corporate responsibility to respect human rights.
Access to remedy for victims of business-related abuses
2020 UN Forum on Business & Human Rights: Session recordings available
This year's Forum was held virtually from 16 to 18 November 2020. The central theme was "Preventing business-related human rights abuses: The key to a sustainable future for people and planet".
UN Working Group
The UN Working Group was established by the UN Human Rights Council in June 2011, following its endorsement of the UN Guiding Principles.