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EU Commission launches guide to human rights for SMEs at UN Forum on Business & Human Rights

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4 December 2012

5 case studies: How small & medium-sized enterprises can integrate human rights into their businesses

Author: European Commission

There is a baseline expectation on all enterprises, regardless of size, location and type of business, to take steps to make sure they respect human rights. But the concept and language of human rights can be difficult for people who own, manage or work in small and medium-sized enterprises. [Includes 5 SME case studies: SeaLock (industrial adhesives), Start People (temporary employees & HR consultancy), Van Bavel (business gifts & promotional items), Danimex (ICT), Farmahem (laboratory supplies & environmental consulting)]

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30 November 2012

[PDF] A guide to human rights for small and medium-sized enterprises

Author: Directorate-General for Enterprise and Industry, European Commission

This guide has been written for small and medium-sized enterprises in the European Union...There are a growing number of guides to human rights that have been prepared for larger, multinational companies but there are not many resources available for smaller companies. This guide should help to fill that gap...[T]he guide may also be useful for enterprises elsewhere in the world...Comments and suggestions for improvements are always welcome, and should be sent [email protected].

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