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(Credit: CORE Coalition)

Beyond Compliance: Effective reporting under the modern slavery act, CORE Coaltion, Feb 2016


"A guide to human rights for small and medium-sized enterprises", Directorate-General for Enterprise and Industry, European Commission, developed by Global CSR, Dec 2012


European Commission's guidance for ICT, recruitment and oil & gas sectors, European Commission (prepared by Shift & Institute for Human Rights and Business), Jun 2013

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14 February 2012

European Commission selects three business sectors for the development of human rights guidance

Author: European Commission, CSR Europe

The European Commission’s Directorate-General for Enterprise and Industry has finalised the selection of three business sectors that will be the focus of a new, year-long project to develop sector-specific guidance on the corporate responsibility to...

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1 April 2012

Case Study: The UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights [part of Human Rights and Democracy: The 2011 Foreign & Commonwealth Office Report]

Author: United Kingdom Foreign & Commonwealth Office

Following endorsement of the [UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights], the FCO established a cross-government steering group to develop an agreed UK strategy on business and human rights, to be launched in mid-2012...With direct input from...

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1 April 2012

[PDF] Enhancing Internet freedom and human rights through responsible business practices

Author: Regeringskansliet, Government Offices of Sweden

This paper aims to stimulate collective action in relation to protecting and enhancing human rights, focusing on the freedom of expression on the Internet through responsible business practices. It lays out the challenges and opportunities involved in...

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8 August 2012

Business and human rights [Switzerland]

Author: Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, Switzerland

Some of the world’s largest multinational companies have their headquarters in Switzerland. These companies must respect national legislation in the countries they operate, also in relation to human rights and the environment. Switzerland is committed...

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29 October 2012

Business and Human Rights [UK]

Author: UK Trade & Investment

Creating growth and prosperity for the UK is at the heart of our foreign policy but as our core values are central to everything we do we need to ensure that success is not achieved at the expense of human rights...The Government is fully committed to...

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30 November 2012

[PDF] A guide to human rights for small and medium-sized enterprises

Author: Directorate-General for Enterprise and Industry, European Commission

This guide has been written for small and medium-sized enterprises in the European Union...There are a growing number of guides to human rights that have been prepared for larger, multinational companies but there are not many resources available for...

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3 December 2012

UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights

Author: HumanRights.Gov [USA]

The Business and Human Rights (BHR) team in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor leads U.S. government efforts to implement the Guiding Principles. The BHR team...[w]orks with the UN Working Group on business and human rights, that was...

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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...

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1 May 2013

U.S. Government Approach on Business and Human Rights

Author: US Department of State, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights & Labor

Businesses can have a significant impact on the States in which they operate, and on the lives of billions of people. As businesses cross borders they can find themselves operating in difficult environments with weak governance institutions...The idea...

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14 June 2013

Germany: Civil Society Position Paper on Business and Human Rights - Expectations of a National Action Plan

Author: CorA-Netzwerk für Unternehmensverantwortung, Forum Menschenrechte, Amnesty International Deutschland, Brot für die Welt – Evangelischer Entwicklungsdienst, European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR), Germanwatch, Misereor, Oxfam Deutschland, ver.di

In October 2011 the European Commission asked member states to draft National Action Plans for the implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. The German government has remained largely inactive in this respect. The CorA...

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