Implementation of UN Guiding Principles: Companies

UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights
- Implementation by companies

  • Statements by investors & NGOs urging companies to take action consistent with the Guiding Principles: see sections of this portal on "Investors" and "NGOs"
  • Additional references by companies & others to Guiding Principles before they were endorsed in June 2011: see this page of the portal on UN Special Representative John Ruggie's work
  • Applications of UN "Protect, Respect and Remedy" framework by companies and others, identified by Special Representative Ruggie during his mandate (Jul 2005-Jun 2011): click here 
Principles were endorsed by the UN Human Rights Council on 16 June 2011.  Full text of its resolution

 

 


Tools & guidance

"Four Human Rights Issues Every Food and Agriculture Company Needs to Understand", Peter Nestor, BSR Insight, 12 Feb 2013

”Respecting Human Rights Through Global Supply Chain”, Shift, report of workshop 18-19 Oct 2012

"Why human rights matter: a resource guide for integrating human rights into Communities and Social Performance work at Rio Tinto", Rio Tinto in partnership with Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining at Sustainable Minerals Institute at The University of Queensland, Jan 2013
- "Why human rights matter: Background reader", Danish Institute for Human Rights, Jan 2013

"Conference report Burma/Myanmar, business and human rights: setting standards for responsible business", Wilton Park in cooperation with Institute for Human Rights and Business, Jan 2013

"Good Practice Notes on Human Rights Released", UN Global Compact, 19 Dec 2012
- "Developing Corporate Human Rights Policies and the Role of Legal Council"
- "Community Engagement and Investment to Advance Human Rights in Supply Chains"
- "Supporting Worker Empowerment - Including Support for Workers' Assertion of their Human Rights - in the Supply Chain"
[español] "Pacto Global publica Notas sobre Buenas Prácticas en Derechos Humanos", ComunicaRSE, 3 enero 2013

"Global Compact Releases Draft Guide for Business on Indigenous Peoples' Rights, Calls for comments", UN Global Compact, 10 Dec 2012

Human Rights Resource Centre for ASEAN join Mazars & Shift in developing global human rights auditing standards in line with UN Guiding Principles, Human Rights Resource Centre for ASEAN, 3 Dec 2012

"State of Play: The Corporate Responsibility to Respect Human Rights in Business Relationships", Institute for Human Rights and Busines & Global Business Initiative on Human Rights, 3 Dec 2012

"Report of pilot business study on implementation of the corporate responsibility to respect human rights", UN Working Group on Business & Human Rights, 2 Dec 2012
[español] "Encuesta de Naciones Unidas sobre Empresas y Derechos Humanos", ICC Chile

"A guide to human rights for small and medium-sized enterprises", Directorate-General for Enterprise and Industry, European Commission, developed by Global CSR, Dec 2012

Consultation on draft Oil & Gas sector guidance on implementing the UN Guiding Principles on Business & Human Rights, closes Feb 2013, Institute for Human Rights and Business & Shift for European Commission

"Human rights due diligence process: a practical guide to implementation for oil and gas companies", IPIECA, Nov 2012

"Operational level grievance mechanisms: good practice survey", IPIECA, Nov 2012

[español] "Guía de derechos humanos para empresas. Proteger, Respetar y Remediar: Todos ganamis", Red Pacto Mundial Argentina y Programa de las Naciones Unidas para el Desarrollo, 2012

Corporate Implementation of the Guiding Principles - A Guide on How to Review Company Performance and Implement the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights [PDF], INCAS Consulting, Oct 2012

Draft Guide on Human Rights for small & medium-sized enterprises, by European Commission - online consultation on draft guide currently being conducted by Global CSR, until 26 Sep 2012

"Applying the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights to the ICT Industry: Version 2.0: Ten Lesson Learned" Business for Social Responsibility (BSR), Sep 2012
- [français] La mise en œuvre des Principes Directeurs Relatifs aux Entreprises et aux Droits de l'Homme au sein de la filière des TIC : Dix enseignements

"Responsible Investment in Myanmar: The Human Rights Dimension", Institute for Human Rights and Business, Sep 2012

 

 

 

Employment & recruitment agencies, Information & communication technology (ICT), Oil & gas: Development of guidance for 3 sectors - being rried out by Shift, Institute for Human Rights and Business, for European Commission.  Consultation on draft Guidance documents expected for Dec 2012-Jan 2013.  Final guidance expected to be approved & published Feb-Apr 2013.

"Four Questions to Guide Human Rights Reporting" - Virginia Terry, Director, Advisory Services, BSR (Business for Social Responsibility), 28 Aug 2012

"Human Rights Training Toolkit - 3rd edition", IPIECA, Aug 2012

"Implementing the UN Guiding Principles in your Supply Chain: Handbook & Toolkit" Social Accountability Intl., Jul 2012
[français] « Mise en œuvre des Principes Directeurs relatifs aux entreprises et aux droits de l'homme des Nations Unies au sein de votre chaîne logistique : Manuel & Boite á Outils »

[español] "Libro Blanco sobre Empresas y Derechos Humanos en Colombia", Fundación Ideas para la Paz, junio 2012

Shift Project: "independent, non-profit center for business & human rights practice", whose "team was centrally involved in shaping and writing the UN Guiding Principles...We work with companies who are serious about improving respect for human rights"
  - "Embedding Respect for Human Rights Within a Company’s Operations", report of workshop, 12-13 Jun 2012

"Telco Action Plan - Respecting Human Rights: Ten steps and Implementation Objectives for Telecommunications Companies", Access, 23 May 2012

"Integrating human rights due diligence into corporate risk management processes", Intl. Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM), Mar 2012
[français] « Les droits de l’homme dans l’industrie des mines et des métaux : Intégration de la diligence raisonnable en matière de droits de l’homme aux processus de gestion des risques des entreprises », Le Conseil International des Mines et Métaux mars 2012
[español] "Derechos humanos en la industria de minería y metales: La integración de la diligencia debida de derechos humanos en los procesos de gestión de riesgos corporativos", Consejo Internacional de Minería y Metales marzo de 2012

“Incorporating the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights in Investor/State Contract Negotiations” - remarks to Association of International Petroleum Negotiators, John Ruggie, Harvard University & Foley Hoag LLP, former UN Special Representative on business & human rights, 20 Apr 2012

"The U.N. Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights: Analysis and Implementation", Kenan Institute for Ethics, Duke Univ. (USA), Mar 2012
"Why do even the world’s most revered companies end up embroiled in human rights abuses, and what is to be done about it? On December 12-13, 2011, two dozen experts gathered...to debate those very questions...Their discussion is summarized in [this]...report..."

"Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights: Employers' Guide", Intl. Organisation of Employers (IOE), Feb 2012

"Human Rights Communication on Progress Guidance" UN Global Compact, 2012

"Respecting Human Rights - Organisational Capacity Assessment Instrument" Global Compact Network Germany & TwentyFifty, 2012

"Law Firms' Implementation of the Guiding Principles on Business & Human Rights: Discussion Paper", Advocates for Intl. Development (A4ID), Nov 2011

"Law firms as businesses: the responsibility to respect human rights", John Sherman in Lawyers for Better Business, 28 Nov 2011

"Roundtable Report - Roundtable for ASEAN Business Leaders: Implenenting Corporate Respect for Human Rights", ASEAN Foundation, BCSR Malaysia, Global Business Initiative on Human Rights, UN Global Compact, 10 Nov 2012

"SAI & ICCO Working to Operationalize Ruggie Guiding Principles", Social Accountability Intl. (SAI), Nov 2011 - plan to "develop a handbook and training program based on the framework. The focus will be on helping businesses develop and implement management systems to operationalize the Guiding Principles in their supply chain"

"Silicon Valley Standard", Access, 28 Oct 2011 - statement of 15 principles proposed for information & communications technology firms, that "uses the international human rights framework as its foundation"; recommends "adhering to John Ruggie’s Protect, Respect, and Remedy framework outlined in the UN Guiding Principles"

"Coming to the table – a time for media firms to respect human rights?", Lucy Amis, Day Associates, 26 Oct 2011

"Four Priorities for the Tech Sector in Applying the New UN Guiding Principles", Business for Social Responsibility, 27 Jul 2011
- also provided: video introduction, briefing paper (Aug 2011)

"A guide for business: How to develop a human rights policy", UN Global Compact & Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Jun 2011
[中文] 联合国全球契约办公室和联合国人权事务高级专员办事处 2011年联合出版

 


Examples of implementation

Law firms: "Magic circle firms draw up first human rights policies", Rebecca Lowe, Intl. Bar Association, 14 Jan 2013

Rio Tinto: "Why human rights matter: a resource guide for integrating human rights into Communities and Social Performance work at Rio Tinto", Rio Tinto in partnership with Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining at Sustainable Minerals Institute at The University of Queensland, Jan 2013

Thun Group of Banks: "Thun Group of Banks Response to a question at the UN Forum on Business and Human Rights", 5 Dec 2012
For more from UN Forum, click here

Statement by Andrei Galaev, CEO, Sakhalin Energy Investment to UN Forum on Business and Human Rights, 4 Dec

“Global Trends in the Implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights: Remarks for the First UN Annual Forum on Business and Human Rights” Dr. Alexandra Guáqueta, Member of the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights, 4 Dec 2012
For more from UN Forum click here

Cisco Systems: "Commemorating UN Human Rights Day", 10 Dec 2012

Microsoft: "How Microsoft Did It: Implementing the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights", Dan Bross, Microsoft Corporate Citizenship, 4 Dec 2012

Intl. Confederation of Private Employment Agencies: "Private employment services' commitment to human rights expressed at UN Forum", Dec 2012

Arms, shipping industries & private security companies: "Mind the Gap: Private Sector in the Arms Trade Treaty", Paloma Muñoz, on Blog Humanum, 27 Nov 2012

Kuoni Travel:  "Assessing human rights impact - Kenya Pilot Report", Nov 2012

Barrick Gold: "Barrick implements framework of remediation initiatives" 23 Oct 2012

EPM: [español] "EPM promulgó Politica de Derechos Humanos" 16 octubre 2012

Global Network Initiative: "Corporate Responsibility and Global Internet Governance", 1 Oct 2012

Telia Sonera: "TeliaSonera partners with the Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR) for support and review of its corporate human rights work", 17 Jul 2012

Mining industry: "Mining companies committed to UN Human Rights principles, new survey reveals", 9 Jul 2012
- full survey also provided
[français] « Droits de l'Homme : engagement des entreprises minières pour les Principes directeurs de John Ruggie »

IPIECA: "IPIECA Participates on EC Roundtable for Business and Human Rights", 27 Jun 2012

Sakhalin Energy: "Sustainble development report 2011", 31 Jan 2012
[русский] Отчет об устойчивом развитии - Сахалин Энерджи Инвестмент Компани Лтд. 2011, Сахалин Энерджи Инвестмент Компани Лтд. 31 января 2012

Repsol: "Annual Report 2011 - Respecting human rights - Implementing the Guiding Principles", 2012
    [español] "Respetar los derechos humanos - Implementando los Principios Rectores", 2012

Extractive industries & insurance: "Standard Life Investments report on business and human rights in the extractive industries", 15 Dec 2011

Cisco Systems: "Cisco Issues 2011 Corporate Social Responsibility Report", Cisco, 7 Dec 2011

Barclays, Credit Suisse, UBS & UniCredit: "Statement by the Thun Group of banks" on Guiding Principles, 19 Oct 2011

Asia Pulp & Paper (APP): "Asia Pulp & Paper Follows UN Lead, Commits to First-Ever Human Rights Audit", 13 Sep 2011

adidas Group: "Human Rights and Responsible Business Practices: Frequently Asked Questions", Jul 2011

 


Other statements by companies

Control Risks statement in response to allegations regarding provision of security for Shell in Niger Delta: "we are committed to the application of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights in our work" - 5 Sep 2012

Get RSS feed of these results

Related stories and components

Report
6 November 2018

Report evaluating implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business & Human Rights by Norwegian-supported businesses in Tanzania & Mozambique

Author: NORAD

"UNGP, Human Rights and Norwegian Development Cooperation Involving Business"...

Read more

Article
22 May 2018
+ Français - Hide

Author: IDDH ; ICAR

« Guide sur les plans d'action nationaux droits de l'Homme et entreprises, Édition 2017 », 2018...

Read more

Story
26 June 2016

Report on implementing corporate responsibility under the UN framework on business & human rights in Uganda's oil sector

IPIS vzw and ActionAid Uganda have published a third in a series of four reports exploring business and human rights issues in Uganda’s oil sector. This series is a collaboration between IPIS vzw and ActionAid Uganda. The current report explores how...

See full story

Article
1 December 2015

Banks and Human Rights: A Legal Analysis

Author: Foley Hoag LLP and United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative

The  primary  aim  of  this  report  is  to  provide  an  overview  of  the  United  Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (“UN Guiding Principles”) and explore their implications for the banking sector......

Read more

Item
3 December 2014

Nestlé CEO Paul Bulcke delivers keynote statement at UN Forum on Business and Human Rights

Author: Nestlé

"United Nations Annual Forum on Business and Human Rights: Paul Bulcke's Keynote Statement", 2 Dec 2014...

Read more