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AVSI report details human rights challenges faced by Italian enterprises

"Business and Human Rights: a challenge for enterprises: a challenge for enterprises?", 1 Dec 2014

Since 2009, a group of researchers and experts of the University of Rome ‘Tor Vergata’ has been studying the subject ‘Business and Human Rights’. Following the adoption in 2008 of the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General on Business and Human Rights Prof. John Ruggie’s ‘Protect, Respect and Remedy’ Framework, followed in 2011 by the ‘Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights’, the AVSI Foundation has focused its attention on the subject by creating the ‘Expert Group on Business and Human Rights’. In the light of the two documents approved by the UN Council for Human Rights recognizing the direct responsibility of enterprises as far as the compliance with those rights in business activities is concerned, the Group is committed to contribute to the current debate on the subject, in particular addressing Italian enterprises in view of alerting and helping them throughout the laborious process of human rights compliance...The research work, based on the identification and analysis of more than 300 cases involving human rights violations by enterprises and financial institutions at global level (presently included in a database),led to the elaboration of the first comprehensive document published in Italian on that subject.