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UN Working Group consultation to inform report to UN General Assembly: corporate human rights due diligence - identifying and leveraging emerging practice

17 May | Geneva

The unanimous endorsement of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights by the Human Rights Council in June 2011 laid down a clear global standard for the responsibility of business to respect human rights in all their operations. A major contribution of the Guiding Principles was the clarification of what the corporate responsibility to respect human rights entails, of which a key element was the concept of corporate human rights due diligence: the process by which a company can “know and show” that it respects human rights

Since 2011, companies around the world have been taking steps to implement the responsibility to respect human rights, tailored to their particular situations, industries and operational contexts.  

Against this background, the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights, which is mandated by the Human Rights Council to promote worldwide dissemination and implementation of the Guiding Principles, has decided to focus its 2018 report to the UN General Assembly on emerging practice and innovations of corporate human rights due diligence across sectors. The Working Group’s vision is that by bringing to light lessons learned, main obstacles and success stories from practical experiences, this can contribute to faster progress overall.

Ongoing consultation process

Starting in February 2018, the Working Group has launched a consultation process to inform its work on this topic. This process conducted during the first of 2018 will engage with a range of stakeholders (including business, civil society and governments) through in-person consultations and written inputs.