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[DOC] What Executives Need to Know (and Do) About Human Rights

Author: Anthony P. Ewing, Columbia Law School, Logos Consulting Group , Published on: 1 February 2013

“Protect, respect and remedy” is a phrase that many more executives will hear and be asked to explain in the next few years. If you are, or advise, one of those executives, there are ten things you need to know (and do) about human rights: 1) Corporate human rights responsibilities go beyond legal compliance...2) Consider all of your company’s activities and relationships and the full range of human rights...3) Adopt a human rights policy...4) Invest in human rights due diligence...5) Act on the findings...6) Track and communicate your human rights performance...7) Ensure that corporate human rights initiatives contain effective grievance mechanisms...8) The UN Framework and Guiding Principles are now the de facto human rights standard for companies and their stakeholders...9) Stakeholders will use the UN Framework and Guiding Principles to hold your company accountable for respecting human rights...10) Pay attention to how governments and companies connect the “Protect” and “Respect” pillars of the UN Framework.

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