Global Compact Network Netherlands announcement of publication on how to do business with respect for human rights (launched Jun 2010)

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20 September 2010

[PDF] Message to the ten companies of the Business & Human Rights Initiative of the Global Compact Network Netherlands

Author: UN Special Representative on business & human rights John Ruggie

I write to congratulate you on the publication of “How to Do Business with Respect for Human Rights: A Guidance Tool for Companies.” It is gratifying to see a group of major companies coming together to examine systematically how the corporate responsibility to respect human rights and its attendant human rights due diligence requirements resonate with their current operations. You initiative has demonstrated that the business component of the “Protect, Respect and Remedy” framework for business and human rights makes sense and is doable...I very much hope that other companies will learn from your experience, so that human rights due diligence becomes standard practice...

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17 September 2010

[PDF] Global Compact Network Netherlands’ publication on how to do business with respect for human rights inspired by the “Protect, Respect and Remedy” Framework

Author: Global Compact Network Netherlands

The Global Compact Network Netherlands (GCNL) has issued a publication presenting common insights gained from the analysis it performed of the human rights agendas of ten leading Dutch companies. GCNL initiated the “Business & Human Rights Initiative” to assess how companies can meet their responsibility to respect human rights...The participating companies— ABN Amro (formerly: Fortis Bank Nederland), AkzoNobel, Essent, KLM, Philips, Rabobank, Randstad, Shell, TNT, and Unilever—found that in many ways they are already doing a great deal to meet their responsibility to respect human rights, often without naming human rights explicitly. At the same time, the U.N. “Protect, Respect and Remedy” Framework and the process of human rights due diligence that it includes provides a practical and attainable approach for companies.

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1 June 2010

[PDF] How to do Business with Respect for Human Rights: A Guidance Tool for Companies

Author: Global Compact Network Netherlands

Society is increasingly concerned about how business activities have impacts on human rights...[F]or many companies it remains a challenge to embed human rights in their day-to-day operations...[In 2008, the UN General Assembly] unanimously endorsed the framework Protect, Respect and Remedy, proposed by the Special Representative of the UN Secretary- General on Business and Human Rights, Professor John Ruggie...Ten companies of the Global Compact Network Netherlands have joined together in a Business & Human Rights Initiative to consider the implications of the framework. They received an individual assessment; organized and participated in workshops and seminars; and now share the lessons learned through this publication...[The ten companies are: AkzoNobel, Essent, Fortis Bank Nederland, KLM, Philips, Rabobank, Randstad, Shell, TNT, and Unilever]

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