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UN Global Compact: Human Rights and Business Dilemmas Forum


The Human Rights & Business Dilemmas Forum is a web-based forum designed to stimulate discussion about the dilemmas responsible companies may face in their efforts to respect human rights.  The Forum is part of a project funded by the GE Foundation and implemented jointly by the UN Global Compact and Maplecroft.  It was launched in 2009

The Human Rights & Business Dilemmas Forum analyses human rights issues affecting business operations and supply chains in emerging markets, weak governance zones or in areas where there are substantial human rights challenges.  It aims to enhance business understanding of human rights issues and to promote best practices.  It does so using online feedback tools that allow users to propose, explore and discuss a wide range of business and human rights issues.  The Forum also provides a series of "real world" case studies on dilemmas faced by companies as well as positive initiatives to address these dilemmas in a responsible manner.

Human rights and business dilemmas analysed in the Forum include: 

Access to water

Child labour

Community relocation

Conflict minerals


Conflict zones

Cumulative impacts

Ethnic minorities

Forced labour

Freedom of association

Freedom of religion

Freedom of speech

Gender equality

Health & safety



Human trafficking

Indigenous peoples' rights

Living wage

Migrant workers


Product misuse

Security forces

Stabilisation clauses

Working hours

State-owned enterprises

The Human Rights & Business Dilemmas Forum as also developed some scenario-based training tools on:

Conflict zones

Gender Equality

Human Trafficking

Living Wage

Security Forces & Human Rights

Working Hours

The Forum also published a short guide in seven languages on understanding the corporate responsibility to respect human rights as established in the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

[English] Understanding the corporate responsibility to respect human rights

[Français] Comprendre la responsabilité incombant aux entreprises en matière de droits de l’homme

[Español] Entendiendo la responsabilidad empresarial de respetar los derechos humanos

[中国的] 关于企业尊重人权的责任

[русский] Понимание корпоративной ответственности за соблюдение прав человека

[التعرف إلى مسؤولية الشركات عن إحترام حقوق الإنسان [العربية

[Português] Responsabilidade social corporativa e o respeito aos direitos humanos

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