European Commission resources on business & human rights - with new resources for small & medium-sized enterprises

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Author: Commission européenne

[Participants : Alexandra Guaqueta, Groupe de travail des Nations Unies sur les entreprises & les droits de l'homme; Costas Andropoulos, Commission européenne; Marek Jurkiewicz, StartPeople; Jean-Marc Barki, Sealock; Marjanka Veljanovska, Farmahem; Tina Lund, Danimex]

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1 March 2013

Sustainable and responsible business: Business and human rights

Author: European Commission Directorate-General for Enterprise and Industry

Human rights are an increasingly important aspect of corporate social responsibility. The UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights define what companies and governments should do to avoid and address possible negative human rights impacts by business. The EU encourages and contributes to implementation of the UN Guiding Principles. Many EU Member States are developing national plans on business and human rights. [Includes:] Resources on human rights for smaller businesses... Guidance for enterprises in 3 business sectors...: employment and recruitment agencies, ICT/telecommunications, and oil and gas

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1 March 2013

[PDF] De-mystifying Human Rights for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises

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.
Five SME Case Studies: Sealock - Industrial Adhesives – France. StartPeople - Temporary Employees and HR Consultancy – Poland. Danimex - Communication Technology - Denmark. Van Bavel - Business Gifts - Belgium. ФАРМАХЕМ/Farmahem - Laboratory Supplies and Environmental Consultancy - FYR-Macedonia.
Two Key Messages: 1) Human rights are relevant to "ordinary" European SMEs. 2) Ordinary European SMEs don't have to start from zero when addressing human rights: they often have attitudes, policies, processes and practices on which they can build, even if they have not explicitly addressed human rights before.

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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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