China: Report illustrates project supporting business dialogue on human rights

This is a report from a project entitled “The Corporate Responsibility to Respect Human Rights in China and Globally”, which aimed to support participants to enter into meaningful peer-to-peer dialogue, and to share policies and practices related to business impacts on human rights…The project was conceived in response to Chinese business leaders expressing an interest in approaches to address the social impacts of business…including on human rights…The project included a learning seminar, bilateral meetings between the project team and participating companies, and the production of this final report. To support learning, each company presented and submitted small case studies or “learning cases”. The discussions reflected a diversity of human rights impacts, in a diversity of geographies and across industries. This variety reinforces that companies of all sectors and geographies must manage their actual and potential human rights impacts, and must be proactive in doing so. The partners are grateful to the companies that have participated in this project: BASF; China Minmetals; China Ocean Shipping Company (COSCO); CPI Yunnan International Power Investment Company; Flextronics; General Electric; HP; Shell; Sinosteel; and The Coca-Cola Company…

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Author: 北京大学国际法研究所、北京融智企业社会责任研究所、Tracktwo咨询公司、全球企业人权倡议


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5 October 2014

The Corporate Responsibility to Respect Human Rights in China and globally

Author: Peking University Intl. Law Institute, Beijing Rong Zhi Corporate Responsibility Institute, Tracktwo, Global Business Initiative on Human Rights

The project aimed to support participants to engage in meaningful peer-to-peer dialogue, and to share policies and practices related to corporate impacts on human rights…Ultimately, the intention was to build a deeper appreciation and understanding of the UN Framework and UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs),and what companies should, and can do, as they meet their Corporate Responsibility to Respect Human Rights.This report…[p]rovide[s] a resource to business leaders – especially in China – who are increasingly recognizing the need to address social impacts, business risk, social license to operate challenges, human rights, and international standards; Profile the learning cases in order to demonstrate action and challenges around diverse human rights impacts. The learning cases…are illustrative of how Chinese and international companies are addressing specific human rights impacts, including around indigenous peoples’ rights, collective bargaining, non-discrimination, migrant workers, and access to remedy. Support other non-business stakeholders (e.g. in academia, civil society and government) to increase their own knowledge about business practices and the UNGPs…

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