Labour

For further reports & articles, see the Resource Centre’s general section on Labour.

1. Tools & guidance

2. Examples of uses

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1. Tools & guidance

"Four Human Rights Issues Every Food and Agriculture Company Needs to Understand", Peter Nestor, BSR Insight, 12 Feb 2013
"For food, beverage, and agriculture companies, labor rights are often the most well-understood..."

Cambodia: "CCHR highlights concerns about increased strikes at garment factories in 2013", Cambodian Center for Human Rights, 27 Jan 2013

Employment & recruitment agencies, Information & communication technology (ICT), Oil & gas: Development of guidance for 3 sectors - being carried out by Shift, Institute for Human Rights and Business, for European Commission.  Final guidance expected to be approved & published Feb-Apr 2013.

“Launch of Dhaka Principles for Migration with Dignity”, Institute for Human Rights and Business, 18 Dec 2012
“The Dhaka Principles provide practical guidance for employers, labour brokers and other stakeholders following the migrant worker from home to place of employment through to the end of contract.”

“Supporting Worker Empowerment - Including Support for Workers’ Assertion of their Human Rights - in the Supply Chain”, Katie Plichta, Dimitri Phillips, and other Members of the Stanford Colloquium on International Business Practices, under the direction of Stanford Prof. Chip Pitts, in collaboration with Cody Sisco and Blythe Chorn of Business for Social Responsibility and with input from the Global Compact Human Rights Working Group and Supply Chain Advisory Group, Dec 2012

"The UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and the human rights of workers to form or join trade unions and to bargain collectively", Intl. Trade Union Confederation, IndustriALL Global Union, Clean Clothes Campaign, UNI Global Union, 22 Nov 2012

"Human rights due diligence process: a practical guide to implementation for oil and gas companies", IPIECA, Nov 2012
“For the purpose of this Guide, there are four human rights areas germane to the industry: workers…“

“The factory floor guide to corporate accountability: Seeking redress for labour rights violations in global supply chains”, Oxfam, Sep 2012

"The United Nations 'Protect, Respect, Remedy' Framework for Business and Human Rights and the UN Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights - Briefing Note for Trade Unionists", Intl. Trade Union Confederation, 3 Jul 2012

For further tools & guidance, see the Resource Centre’s Tools & Guidance Portal.


2. Examples of uses

“Why human rights matter: a resource guide for integrating human rights into Communities and Social Performance work at Rio Tinto Rio Tinto”, in partnership with Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining (CSRM), Sustainable Minerals Institute at The University of Queensland, Jan 2013
See case studies 6 and 10.

”Diplomatic note” refers to US initiatives to eradicate child & forced labour, Permanent Mission of the USA to the UN in Geneva, 5 Dec 2012

“Private employment services’ commitment to human rights expressed at UN Forum”, International Confederation of Private Employment Agencies, Dec 2012

“Assessing human rights impacts – Kenya Pilot Project Report”, Kuoni Travel, Nov 2012
“The focus issues for corporate responsibility within the Kuoni Group [include] labour rights.”

“Global March Against Child Labour’s Submission to the United Nations (UN) Working Group on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises”, Global March Against Child Labour, 14 Nov 2012

“Session Summary: Recognizing the Risks: Modern-Day Slavery and Human Trafficking in the Supply Chain”, 2012 BSR Conference, Oct 2012

"TUC position paper: UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights", TUC (Trades Union Congress),Oct 2012

“Migrant Workers and Health—The Role of Business”, BSR, 16 Jan 2012

"Out of focus: Labour rights in Vietnam's digital camera factories", Swedwatch & SOMO, Nov 2011
Asks what due diligence processes electronics companies should have in place to comply with OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises and UN Guiding Principles.

“Business and Human Rights from the Decent Work Perspective – Landmark” (Brazil), Ethos Institute – Business and Social Responsibility, Nov 2011

“Human Rights and Responsible Business Practices: Frequently Asked Questions”, adidas Group, Jul 2011
References policies and processes relating to labour rights.

“Global Agreements and Protect, Respect, Remedy”, Jim Baker, Council of Global Unions in International Centre for Trade Union Rights, 2011
“The Protect, Respect, Remedy Framework…is a very useful reference for global agreements.”

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[PDF] Global Agreements and Protect, Respect, Remedy

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[PDF] Human Rights and Responsible Business Practices: Frequently Asked Questions

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[PDF] Business and Human Rights from the Decent Work Perspective – Landmark [Brazil]

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[PDF] Out of focus: Labour rights in Vietnam's digital camera factories

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[PDF] Migrant Workers and Health—The Role of Business

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[PDF] Briefing Note for Trade Unionists: What is the UN ‘Protect, Respect Remedy’ Framework for Business and Human Rights?

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[PDF] The factory floor guide to corporate accountability: Seeking redress for labour rights violations in global supply chains

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This booklet is designed for the increasing number of workers around the world who produce goods — directly or indirectly — for global companies. When these workers experience violations of their labour rights they are sometimes able to resolve...

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1 October 2012

Session Summary: Recognizing the Risks: Modern-Day Slavery and Human Trafficking in the Supply Chain

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1 October 2012

[PDF] TUC position paper: UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights [UK]

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Kuoni: Assessing human rights impacts - Kenya Pilot Project Report

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