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Case Study: The UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights [part of Human Rights and Democracy: The 2011 Foreign & Commonwealth Office Report]

Author: United Kingdom Foreign & Commonwealth Office, Published on: 1 April 2012

Following endorsement of the [UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights], the FCO established a cross-government steering group to develop an agreed UK strategy on business and human rights, to be launched in mid-2012...With direct input from civil society and the business community, this strategy is intended to provide clear guidelines to British businesses about the Government’s expectations of their behaviour overseas in respect of the human rights of people who contribute to or are affected by their operations. We expect companies to pay attention to the human rights issues relevant to the country where they are active, and the sectors in which they do business, to ensure that their activities do not compromise human rights.

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