Human Rights First publishes blueprint for US Govt. to fulfil UN Guiding Principles on Business & Human Rights
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Author: Meg Roggensack, Human Rights First, on Initiative for Human Rights in Business
Human Rights First recently published a blueprint… [with]… specific recommendations for [the US to]… help fulfill each of the three pillars in the “Protect, Respect, Remedy” Framework…First…[to] establish an inter-agency working group …[to]… coordinate the strengths of …all of those agencies [which]carry out work that can and does impact the state of business and human rights… Secondly… the US government …should be continuing and expanding its engagement with stakeholders…Finally, … maintain focus on enforcing existing laws and regulations, and should consider which can serve as good models for similar efforts… The US government has admirably, publicly committed itself to the Guiding Principles,…has a solid foundation for pursuing that commitment. .. [It] must continue to be a leader for US companies and the world.
[PDF] How to Encourage U.S. Companies to Respect Human Rights: Blueprint for the Next Administration
Author: Human Rights First
When U.S. companies abuse or facilitate violations of human rights abroad, they undermine U.S. national interests in advancing security, economic development, and human rights…The United States has a strong interest, therefore, in seeing that American companies protect human rights in their international operations…The U.S. government…should promote human rights due diligence standards for companies as well as remedies for abuses…[and] employ a comprehensive and robust strategy to implement the GPs [Guiding Principles]...This blueprint provides specific recommendations for how the U.S. government should work with companies under each of [the] three pillars [of the UN Guiding Principles] to encourage U.S. companies to protect human rights.