New report: 2030 Agenda should be harnessed to catalyse business respect for human rights

Author: The Danish Institute for Human Rights, Published on: 14 June 2019

"Exploring an integrated approach to business, human rights and the 2030 Agenda", 11 June 2019

[M[any of the SDGs and targets explicitly support and or require participation and change by business to be fully realised. A range of actors, including UN bodies, civil society organisations and parts of the business community have underlined the critical importance of placing implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights at the centre of action by business in support of the 2030 Agenda...

Despite the conceptual clarity, current practice by business and states is not always coherent and integrated...

This discussion paper explores the connections between responsible business conduct and the 2030 Agenda and reiterates that the implementation of the UNGPs can be the single most important contribution by business to the realisation of the SDGs. It further explores what the 2030 Agenda and the UNGPs bring to each other and makes [...] recommendations...

The paper supplements previous work by the Institute in this area, including the database biz.sdg.humanrights.dk, which provides almost 100 real examples by businesses on how to avoid and address salient human rights issues, while contributing to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

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