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12 Dec 2018

Roberto Suárez Santos, Secretary General & Matthias Thorns, Director of Stakeholder Engagement, International Organisation of Employers (IOE) (Switzerland)

Global employers’ community calls for increased implementation of Universal Declaration of Human Rights

"IOE Statement on the occasion of Human Rights Day", 10 Dec 2018

Today, on Human Rights Day, the global employers’ community commemorates and celebrates the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). The UDHR is a historic document, a milestone in international commitment towards the acceptance of a...recognition and observance of basic human rights; the Declaration... has served as a foundation for many national laws and international treaties. As such, it is also a key reference for business. The 70th anniversary is a call for action to increase efforts to fully implement the UDHR. In too many countries..., people, including employers, do not enjoy the rights granted to them by the UDHR....Human Rights are everyone’s business. We all need to deliver. The UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights are the authoritative framework on the roles and responsibilities of business and states in the area human rights. The IOE, as the global voice of employers representing more than 50 million companies, has fully endorsed the...Guiding Principles...Human Rights will remain a key priority for the IOE. The IOE... is committed to promoting business and human rights, including freedom of association. We are open and keen to work with governments and all stakeholders to change realities on the ground...