Mary Robinson op-ed highlights developments in field of business & human rights, and areas for improvement

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23 June 2010

Human rights are good business

Author: Mary Robinson, founder and president of Realizing Rights, in Ottawa Citizen

…The Global Compact...marks its 10th anniversary this year…Today, we are getting closer to a tipping point when private-sector leaders from all industry sectors will recognize their companies need to engage proactively with human rights issues and demonstrate they are doing so in practice...A number of firms…have adopted human rights policy statements…[including] Barrick Gold, Encana, Kinross, Nexen, PetroCanada and Talisman. The…Business & Human Rights Resource Centre…keeps a running list of such policies...What can be done to encourage more companies to make a commitment to human rights? First, advocates and companies that have already taken steps to integrate concern for human rights into business practices need to make the case to other business leaders…Second, more business leaders need to understand that respecting human rights also makes good business sense…Finally, companies need to know that, at the international level, the increasing expectation to respect human rights is reflected in the work of the UN special representative on business and human rights, Professor John Ruggie

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23 June 2010

Is your business ready for the Global Compact?

Author: Human Rights and Business Project, Danish Institute for Human Rights

The Global Compact Self Assessment Tool is being unveiled today at the UN Global Compact Leaders Summit…The Global Compact Self Assessment Tool is a free online tool that enables companies to measure their performance on the 10 Global Compact principles, covering human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption. ‘This is the first Global Compact tool to offer companies this opportunity,’ said Allan Lerberg Jørgensen, an advisor at the Danish Institute for Human Rights…‘This tool unpacks all 10 principles into checklists…’ The Global Compact Self Assessment Tool is freely available online at www.globalcompactselfassessment.org

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23 June 2010

[PDF] The “State of Play” of Human Rights Due Diligence: Anticipating the Next Five Years

Author: Institute for Human Rights and Business

Companies have a responsibility to respect human rights, which means to act with due diligence to avoid infringing on the rights of others...But what does the corporate responsibility to respect mean in practice? And how effectively are companies already applying human rights due diligence? What can be expected in the next five years? This report seeks to answer these questions through a…review...involving 24 leading multinational companies…[Refers to ABB, Anglo American, Cairn Energy, Cerrejón Coal (joint venture Anglo American, BHP Billiton, Xstrata), Chevron, Coca Cola, ENI, Essent, ExxonMobil, Gap, GE, HP, Levi Strauss, Merck, Nestle, Newmont, Novartis, Novo Nordisk (part of Novo Group), Philips, Shell, Syngenta, Total, Unilever]

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1 June 2010

[PDF] The UN Global Compact and human rights: Developing a vision for 2020 [draft]

Author: Institute for Human Rights and Business

This review seeks to offer an independent assessment of the impact of the [UN] Global Compact within the broader corporate responsibility movement, focusing in particular on its role in advancing corporate understanding of and respect for human rights...It aims to make practical recommendations on how the strategic approach of the UNGC could be developed over the coming years to build on successes and address concerns, which stakeholders have highlighted...Recommendations focus in particular on how the human rights aspects of the UNGC can be enhanced including steps to achieve greater impact through strengthening links with the UN-endorsed Protect, Respect and Remedy framework. [Welcomes feedback; comments should be sent to [email protected]]

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