UN Global Compact - human rights tools & guidance, local network activities
The United Nations Global Compact, according to its website, “is a strategic policy initiative for businesses that are committed to aligning their operations and strategies with ten universally accepted principles”. It is voluntary in nature and has 7,771 participating companies as of Sep 2013.
Business & Human Rights Resource Centre indicates, at the top of each of the company sections on its website, whether or not the company is a participant in the Global Compact.
For further information on the Global Compact and human rights, please see our section on the Global Compact, with materials in all languages.
- Human rights and the UN Global Compact’s 10 principles
- Global Compact human rights guidance for companies
- Local networks
- Leaders Summit
Human rights and the UN Global Compact’s 10 principles
The first two of the UN Global Compact’s principles directly refer to human rights:
The areas covered by the other principles of the Global Compact – labour, environment and anti-corruption – also frequently involve impacts on human rights.
The UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights are of particular relevance to the commitment undertaken by Global Compact participants. As a global standard applicable to all business enterprises, the Guiding Principles provide further conceptual and operational clarity for the two human rights principles of the Global Compact. They reinforce the Global Compact and provide an authoritative framework for participants in implementing this commitment, including guidance on putting in place robust policies and procedures and communicating annually with stakeholders about progress.
Global Compact human rights guidance for companies
- “Understanding the corporate responsibility to respect human rights”, a publication of the Human Rights and Business Dilemmas Forum, produced jointly by the UN Global Compact and Maplecroft – available here in English, Arabic, Chinese, French, Portuguese, Russian & Spanish
- “Respecting Human Rights – Organisational Capacity Assessment Instrument”, Global Compact Network Germany & TwentyFifty, 2012 – available here in English; language versions in Arabic, Chinese, French, Portuguese, Russian & Spanish to come soon
- “Guide to Human Rights Impact Assessment and Management”, Intl. Business Leaders Forum and Intl. Finance Corporation (IFC), in association with UN Global Compact, updated Sep 2011 – available here in English & Spanish
- “Business and Human Rights Learning Tool”, short online module on how business can respect and support human rights. Provides a certificate upon completion.
- “Embedding Human Rights in Business Practice”, case studies highlighting efforts undertaken by companies to integrate human rights into their business practices: Volume I, Volume II, Volume III, Volume IV.
- Human Rights and Business Dilemmas Forum, an online multi-stakeholder platform for companies to propose, explore and discuss human rights dilemmas and good practices in emerging economies.
- Good Practice Notes, identifies approaches recognised by a number of companies and stakeholders as being good for both business and for human rights.
- Webinar Series: experts present and lead discussion on current issues in respecting and supporting human rights. Upcoming webinars and recordings of past webinars are available.
UN Global Compact’s Local Networks are “clusters of participants who come together to advance the…Global Compact and its principles within a particular geographic context…Their role is to facilitate the progress of companies…engaged in the Global Compact with respect to implementation of the ten principles, while also creating opportunities for multi-stakeholder engagement and collective action. Furthermore, networks deepen the learning experience of all participants through their own activities and events and promote action in support of broader UN goals.”
Information on Local Networks’ activities relating to human rights: click here
(previous activities available on UN Global Compact website here)
If you are aware of further activities by Local Networks relating to human rights that can be shared publicly here, please send them to Eniko Horvath at [email protected].
The UN Global Compact Leaders Summit brings together key stakeholders from business, government, civil society and the UN every 3 years to discuss corporate responsibility & deepen commitment to the Global Compact's 10 principles
See here for information on the 2013 Leaders Summit.
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