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Guidance for 3 sectors developed for European Commission - 2012

UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights -
Implementation by companies -
European Commission's guidance for 3 sectors


In February 2012, the European Commission's Directorate General for Enterprise and Industry announced that it would develop "sector-specific guidance on the corporate responsibility to respect human rights...based on the UN Guiding Principles" for the Employment & recruitment, Information & communication technology (ICT) and Oil & gas sectors - full announcement here

The Institute for Human Rights and Business and Shift are carrying out the development of this guidance - see their dedicated portal, which is the official site for the project (includes timeframe information)

Shift and the Institute for Human Rights and Business held a public consultation on draft discussion papers, which closed on 15 July:

- Announcement

- Discussion papers:
    Employment & Recruiting Agencies
    Information & Communication Technology
    Oil & Gas

The project is now drafting the Guidance for each sector.  The following activities are planned:
- early Dec 2012: launch of draft Guidance documents
- Dec 2012-Jan 2013: public comment period
- end Jan 2013: set of multi-stakeholder sector Roundtables
- Feb–Apr 2013: Guidance finalisation, submission of all three Guidance documents to European Commission, publication of Guidance

Submissions to consultation on Discussion papers (May-July 2012):

Submissions re paper on Employment & Recruitment Agencies:

- Instytut Allerhanda [Poland]
- International Union of Food, Agricultural, Hotel, Restaurant, Catering and Allied Workers' Associations (IUF)
- Randstad [employment company]

Submissions re paper on ICT:

- Eurociett (European Confederation of private employment agencies)
- Rathbone Greenbank Investments

Submissions re paper on Oil & Gas:

- Eurociett (European Confederation of private employment agencies)
- Global Reporting Initiative
- Rathbone Greenbank Investments
- Singapore Management Univ. Asian Peace-building and Rule of Law Programme (SMU-APRL) & Mazars Indonesia
- UL Responsible Sourcing
- Alex van den Heuval, independent consultant
- IPIECA (oil & gas industry association) also participated in a 1 June roundtable where its representatives "contributed their views on the draft [oil & gas] document"

Submissions re multiple sectors or non-sector specific:

- Business NZ [New Zealand]
- Robert Grabosch, attorney
- Hermes Equity Ownership Services
- International Corporate Accountability Roundtable (ICAR)

If you know of any other submissions that can be posted here, please send them to Greg Regaignon, [email protected]; the official address for submissions to be considered is [email protected].

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