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[PDF] De-mystifying Human Rights for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises

Author: European Commission, Published on: 1 March 2013

There is a baseline expectation on all enterprises, regardless of size, location and type of business, to take steps to make sure they respect human rights. But the concept and language of human rights
can be difficult for people who own, manage or work in small and medium-sized enterprises.
Five SME Case Studies: Sealock - Industrial Adhesives – France. StartPeople - Temporary Employees and HR Consultancy – Poland. Danimex - Communication Technology - Denmark. Van Bavel - Business Gifts - Belgium. ФАРМАХЕМ/Farmahem - Laboratory Supplies and Environmental Consultancy - FYR-Macedonia.
Two Key Messages: 1) Human rights are relevant to "ordinary" European SMEs. 2) Ordinary European SMEs don't have to start from zero when addressing human rights: they often have attitudes, policies, processes and practices on which they can build, even if they have not explicitly addressed human rights before.

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