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UN Global Compact Working Group endorses good practice notes for businesses operating in areas with violent crime & on human rights impacts of product misuse

The UN Global Compact's Human Rights and Labour Working Group has endorsed two good practice notes on business and human rights. "Addressing Adverse Human Rights Impacts Connected to Product Misuse" explores the human rights responsibilities and common challenges faced by businesses when addressing adverse human rights impacts connected to product misuse. "Human rights good practice for business operating in areas with violent crime" identifies good practices for the prevention and mitigation of risks of adverse human rights impacts due to operating in a context of high levels of violent crime.

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6 July 2017

Good practice note on addressing human rights impacts connected to product misuse endorsed by UN Global Compact Working Group

Author: Meaghan Malloy, UN Global Compact

"Addressing Adverse Human Rights Impacts Connected to Product Misuse", 31 May 2017

The Guiding Principles make clear that the responsibility to respect human rights “exists independently of States’ abilities and/or willingness to fulfill their own human rights obligations […] and above compliance with national laws and regulations protecting human rights.”...This Good Practice Note (“Note”) seeks to explore the human rights responsibilities, the practical implications, as well as the common challenges and pitfalls faced by business when addressing adverse human rights impacts connected to product misuse. The Note also highlights how some companies are currently engaging in good practice to address adverse human rights impacts connected to product misuse…Finally, this Note finds that business must increasingly recognize product misuse as a human rights issue if it seeks to adequately address and combat this challenge on a global scale...

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6 July 2017

Human rights good practice note for business operating in areas with violent crime endorsed by UN Global Compact Working Group

Author: Lise Smit, UN Global Compact

"Human rights good practice for business operating in areas with violent crime," 31 May 2017

Many businesses operate in areas affected by widespread violent crime which raises particular human rights risks. The UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights...recognise that the operational context of a company can impact the ability to meet its responsibility to respect human rights and that the company’s human rights due diligence process should be set up to respond effectively to the operational context. The aim of this Good Practice Note is to identify good practices that businesses can use to prevent and mitigate risks of being involved with adverse human rights impacts due to operating in a context of high levels of violent crime, and to support efforts to reduce the human rights impacts of violent crime rates in the areas where it operates.

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