"Respect in Practice": Report on embedding UN Guiding Principles in companies

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26 March 2015

Report on UN Forum event highlighting advances & challenges in business respect for human rights

Author: Global Business Initiative on Human Rights; Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

"Respect In Practice: United Nations Third Annual Forum on Business and Human Rights: 1-3 December 2014", 25 Mar 2015

This is the report of a session entitled “Respect in Practice” which took place on 2nd December 2014, as part of the third UN Annual Forum on Business and Human Rights...The purpose of the session was to enable a meaningful multi-stakeholder dialogue about good practices, lessons, challenges, shortfalls, innovations and complexities relating to implementation of the second pillar of the UN Framework – The Corporate Responsibility to Respect. It was designed with three premises in mind. First, that there is a genuine commitment of some of the world’s major corporations to align their operations with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs), and the UN Annual Forum is an ideal space for these companies to share their progress and practices. Second, much more is needed in terms of human rights outcomes on the ground, even in situations where companies have begun to implement due diligence or engage in remediation. And third, there is often a discourse and trust gap between companies and civil society when it comes to “respect in practice” and the UN Annual Forum should be an opportunity to bridge this gap and showcase examples of constructive engagement (including valuable tensions) between the two. [Refers to ABB, BG Group, Inditex, Microsoft, Nestlé, Novo Nordisk, Total, Vale]

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