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Institute for Human Rights & Business launches new initiative supporting companies to respect LGBTI rights

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29 September 2017

Tackling discrimination against LGBTI people: Standards of Conduct for Business

Author: Institute for Human Rights and Business (IHRB), Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)

...The United Nations Human Rights Office has developed five Standards of Conduct to support the business community in tackling discrimination against lesbian, gay, bi, trans and intersex (LGBTI) people...

The Standards of Conduct...are grounded in existing international human rights law and are in line with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. They also have a strong empirical foundation, building on many of the good practices that responsible businesses have already adopted. They present measures that companies can and should take to align their policies and practices with existing human rights standards...

The Five Standards [detailed in this paper, are]:

1.  At all times respect human rights...

2.  Eliminate discrimination [in the workplace]...

3.  Provide support [to LGBTI employees]...

4.  Prevent other human rights violations [in the marketplace]...

5.  Act in the public sphere. Businesses are encouraged to contribute to stopping human rights abuses in the countries in which they operate...

The Standards...are intended to provide a set of benchmarks for assessing the role of business in tackling discrimination and related human rights abuses affecting LGBTI people, and to support good practice by companies. The United Nations Human Rights Office encourages companies to endorse, use, and refer to these Standards and promote their use by others... [refers to Burger King, Colgate-Palmolive, Deutsche Bank, Google, Hidesign, Honey Maid (part of Nabisco), IBM, IKEA Group, Microsoft, Orange, Pay Pal, Titan Company, Baker McKenzie, and Simmons and Simmons]

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28 September 2017

A Landmark Standard for LGBTI Rights

Author: Salil Tripathi, Institute for Human Rights and Business (IHRB)

"A Landmark Standard for LGBTI Rights," 26 September 2017

...Today [the Institute for Human Rights and Business] launched the Standards of Conduct for Business on Tackling Discrimination Against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex People, which builds on the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and the UN Global Compact...

For decades, companies have operated in multiple jurisdictions where standards clash, and...have usually found practical solutions [to develop effective ways of respecting rights]. While such solutions are not necessarily perfect, they do support human rights and incrementally improve the environment, paving the way for reforms in the medium term... The LGBTI Standards of Business Conduct released today...are designed to support all companies in reviewing existing policies and practices - or establishing new ones - to respect and promote human rights of LGBTI people... [refers to Burger King, Colgate-Palmolive, Deutsche Bank, Hidesign, Honey Maid (part of Nabisco), IBM, Orange, Pay Pal, Titan Company, Baker McKenzie, and Simmons and Simmons]

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