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22 Jun 2022

UNDP, UNWG on Business and Human Rights

UNDP and UN Working Group launch new guide on heightened human rights due diligence for business in conflict-affected contexts

Heightened human rights Due Diligence for business in conflict-affected contexts: A Guide, 16 June 2022

...This Guide aims to provide the business community, governments, civil society, and other stakeholders with a better understanding of the practical measures that should be taken to ensure responsible engagement from business in conflict-affected areas.

The Guide provides parameters for business to design and implement effective due diligence measures in contexts affected by armed conflicts and other situations of widespread violence. This Guide is based on the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs)...

[T]he Guide seeks to unpack the concept of heightened human rights due diligence and identify the warning signs and triggers for businesses to act. The Guide recognizes that businesses invariably impact the dynamics of a conflict and that they therefore need to adopt conflict-sensitive practices to account for, and mitigate, these impacts. It sets out the elements of heightened human rights due diligence, which require businesses to identify and address their adverse impacts on human rights as well as on conflicts...