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29 Jun 2023

Working Group on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises

UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights publishes information note on climate change and the UNGPs

"Information Note on Climate Change and the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights", June 2023

The United Nations Working Group on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises just published its first information note on climate change and the UNGPs. The Note " explains how the UNGPs can assist States, business enterprises and other actors to integrate the actual and potential impacts of climate change with other human rights related impacts caused by, contributed to or linked with business activities. It also provides a range of non-exhaustive recommendations under each pillar of the UNGPs...[The] Note should be read as a complement to the growing body of guidance and regulations aimed at addressing climate change."

The guiding note addresses the measures businesses should take in order to fulfill to responsabilities in a changing climate. This include:

  • Integrating climate change considerations into HRDD processes.
  • Developing action plans in relation to their actual and potential climate change-related impacts on human rights and the environment.
  • Engaging meaningfully and effectively with relevant stakeholders on climate change-related human rights and environmental impacts.
  • Using leverage in business relationships to prevent, reduce or mitigate any climate change-related human rights impacts that they contributed to or are directly linked to through operations.

You can read the full Information Note on the attachment.