UK: Equality & Human Rights Commission publishes business & human rights guide for small businesses

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1 March 2013

[PDF] A guide to business and human rights: How human rights can add value to your business [UK]

Author: UK Equality & Human Rights Commission

This guide to ''business and human rights: how human rights can add value to your business'' sets out six key areas that are particularly relevant to smaller businesses. It also sets out a simple model to understand and put in place respect for human rights across the whole of a business’ operations and its supply chain. It draws on research carried out by Middlesex University which found a particular gap in the support available to smaller businesses to understand what is meant by business and human rights and what they can do to ensure respect for human rights. You can also find some short sound bites of businesses talking about how they have adapted to become more human rights focused. [Refers to Winterbourne View, John Lewis, Waitrose (part of John Lewis Partnership)]

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1 January 2011

[DOC] Guidance on Business and Human Rights: a Review

Author: Dr Nadia Bernaz, Professor Joshua Castellino, Dr Jérémie Gilbert, Middlesex University Business School Law Department for the Equality and Human Rights Commission

In October 2010, the Equality and Human Rights Commission established a Working Group on Business and Human Rights with the key aim of encouraging businesses to integrate human rights into their business practices. The Working Group has concluded that a review and evaluation of existing guidance on business and human rights should be undertaken before any new guidance is produced in order to avoid unnecessary duplication. It is hoped that the present report will inform the Working Group’s work...This report aims to clarify the existing standards in business and human rights, and to give practical guidance to businesses, including SMEs, vis-à-vis the evolving regulatory framework. It also aims to review key UK statutes from a human rights and business perspective so as to emphasise their relevance to the field.Moreover, the report...attempts to bring clarity to the issue of the applicability of the Human Rights Act 2000 to businesses who interact with the government...

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