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Pillar Two compiles resources for companies & investors to navigate responsibility to respect human rights during COVID-19 pandemic

"Managing human rights risks during and after Covid-19", 02 Apr 2020

The Covid-19 pandemic has presented new human rights challenges for business, as well as exacerbated existing issues. These challenges will evolve over time, and it is important for companies to develop clear thinking around ways to responsibly conduct business during and after the crisis. The corporate responsibility to respect human rights, as articulated in the UN Guiding Principles on Human Rights, is constant... The World Health Organization and the International Chamber of Commerce have released a joint statement calling for action from the private sector to tackle the pandemic... To help companies navigate the responsibility to respect human rights during this time, several organisations have released resources touching on human rights issues, from modern slavery risk management to interacting with local communities...

Examples of business practice: 

  • Business and human rights resource centre (BHRRC) COVID-19 portal...
  • COVIDbizaction twitter account...
  • Company responses to tackle COVID-19 and company responses to protect workers in their value chain...

Insights and guidance for businesses:

  • Rapid human rights due diligence tool...
  • This is the human impact of covid-19 – and how businesses can help...

Migrant labour, supply chains, and modern slavery:

  • Five ways covid-19 is changing global migration...

Responsible investment:

  • COVID-19: Harnessing the power of collective investor action for change...

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