[PDF] Women’s Empowerment Principles, the UN Global Compact and the Guiding Principles on Business and Human rights - Explanatory Note

Author: UN Global Compact, Women's Empowerment Principles, Published on: 31 December 2011

This brief explanatory note explains the relationship between the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs), the UN Global Compact and the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. In a nutshell, the UN Global Compact focuses on corporate sustainability of which respect and support for human rights is one key part. The WEPs elaborate the gender dimension of corporate sustainability...And the Guiding Principles elaborate the state duty to protect against human rights abuses (including of women’s rights) by third parties, including business; the corporate responsibility to respect human rights (including women’s rights); and the need for more effective access to remedies for such abuses. The Guiding Principles elaborate on the policies, processes and actions required of all businesses to meet their responsibility to respect human rights, including women’s rights as explained further below. The WEPs, the UN Global Compact and the Guiding Principles are complementary to each other.

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