How co's can contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals through implementing human rights due diligence

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24 July 2018

15 case studies of businesses addressing human rights impacts while contributing to Sustainable Development Goals

Author: Shift, World Business Council for Sustainable Development

"The Human Rights Opportunity 15 real-life cases of how business is contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals by putting people first", 

Shift’s “The Human Rights Opportunity” offers 15 practical examples of how companies and multi-stakeholder initiatives are aiming to address human rights impacts and, at the same time, are showing great promise in delivering significant contributions to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Through this report, we seek to provide inspiration for how companies can harness innovation, leadership, influence and partnerships to tackle negative impacts in ways that maximize positive outcomes for people, in line with the SDGs. Contexts vary, and none of these examples would claim to be perfect. But they are all a substantial step in the right direction...

[Cases focus on the following issues: 1. Living wage (H&M, Egedeniz Textile, ACT, Malawi Tea 2020), 2. Forced labour (HP, Responsibkle Labor Initiative, Penguin Apparel, Seafood Task Force, Issara Institute), 3. Gender equality (Inditex, Better Strawberries Group, Fair Food Program) 4. Land rights (De Beers, PepsiCo, Total)]

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5 July 2018

The contribution of companies to the SDGs

Author: MVO Platform

[I]t remains rather unclear what shape this contribution of companies to the SDGs should take exactly. Merely considering the role of companies in stimulating economic growth and creating jobs is too simple an approach... To achieve the SDGs, it is therefore crucial to consider how business is done. Companies generate employment, but the labour conditions of that employment determine whether there is a true contribution to the SDGs... 

The SDGs set clear goals, but in themselves do not provide clear guidance for how companies should contribute to achieving to these goals. The agenda does explicitly refer to the UN Guiding Principles and ILO Conventions...

The concept of due diligence that is developed in these guidelines is particularly useful to develop a holistic understanding of all societal impacts a company may have. Implementing due diligence in accordance with the guidelines ensures that companies focus on the most relevant issues, and as such avoid contributing to some SDGs while significant negative impacts on other goals remain unaddressed...

Interventions following a due diligence process can not only prevent negative impacts, but in many cases can also have positive impacts on several SDGs simultaneously...

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