[PDF] Business and Human Rights: A Practical Guide

Author: Law Society of England & Wales, Published on: 19 August 2019

We hope our guide on business and human rights will be a useful resource for all practitioners and firms, including those working in specific practice areas of law such as corporate governance, enterprise risk management, reporting and disclosure and disputes. It builds on existing resources, such as the IBA’s Business and Human Rights Guidance for Bar Associations and the IBA’s Practical Guide on Business and Human Rights for Business Lawyers and its reference annex launched in 2016.

Promoting business, human rights and supporting the legal profession is central to the our work. We believe that promoting business growth and respecting human rights go hand in hand. We were one of the first national bar associations to launch a national engagement programme on the United Nations General Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs) and actively campaigned on this issue for a number of years at home and internationally...

We have worked to ensure there is awareness of business and human rights in the legal profession. We have asked solicitors to start by looking within their own firms and businesses to assess their human rights impact. We encouraged firms

to consider adopting steps to manage risks and prevent and tackle potential abuse. We also encouraged solicitors and firms to look outside their own firms and consider how best to support their clients, including compliance with the requirements of the Modern Slavery Act 2015...

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