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15 Dec 2016

Vanessa Zimmerman & Global Compact Network Australia

Commentary: Key take-aways from UN Forum include reflections on SDGs, business-community engagement, government implementation & benchmarking

"Engaging on business and human rights on the world stage – an update on the 2016 UN Annual Forum on Business and Human Rights", 15 Dec 2016

What were the key takeaways? As with any large scale event participants’ views will differ on key themes from the Annual Forum.  The following are just some of the interesting ideas and next steps discussed. More work is needed to ensure respect for human rights is effectively embedded into business plans and action to implement the SDGs...Businesses – NGO/community engagement is not progressing the way it should be and there is a particular gap when it comes to minimising risks to human rights defenders...Governments are expected to step up their implementation of the UNGPs including their support for all stakeholder groups to do the same...Benchmarking is here to stay alongside increasing scrutiny of companies’ human rights related disclosures...Benchmarking is here to stay alongside increasing scrutiny of companies’ human rights related disclosures...Initiatives like the Corporate Human Rights Benchmark and the UNGPs Reporting Framework combined with regulatory developments like the UK Modern Slavery Act mean that companies are being asked for more and better information on their human rights risk management...