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Finance

1. Tools & guidance
2. Examples of uses

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1. Tools & guidance

“Human Rights Guidance Tool for the Financial Sector”, UNEP Finance Initiative, undated

For further tools & guidance, see the Finance section of the Resource Centre’s Tools & Guidance Portal

2. Examples of uses

"Compliance with the UN guiding principles concerning Human Rights"
BNP Paribas, updated: 15 Apr 2014
- "Statement of BNP Paribas on Human Rights", 2012
Refers to UN Guiding Principles

"The Guiding Principles: an interpretation for banks” - A Discussion Paper for banks on Principles 16 – 21 of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, The Thun Group of Banks (Barclays, BBVA, Credit Suisse, ING Bank, RBS Group, UBS, UniCredit), 2 Oct 2013
Focuses on human rights policy & due diligence
Commentary by Ariel Meyerstein, Chadbourne & Parke

"Banking on human rights protection for major infrastructure projects"
Jennifer Kho, Guardian Sustainable Business, 16 Aug 2013
Interview with Shawn Miller [Citi's managing director of environmental & social risk management] on respecting human rights in project finance.

“Thun Group of Banks Response to a question at the UN Forum on Business and Human Rights, December 2012”,Credit Suisse (on behalf of Thun Group of Banks), 5 Dec 2012
For more from UN Forum on Business and Human Rights, click here

“Financing Human Rights Abuse: The Role of Public and Private Financial Institutions”,BankTrack, ECA Watch, Center for Intl. Environmental Law, Dec 2012

"Statement by the Thun Group of banks" on Guiding Principles, Barclays, Credit Suisse, UBS & UniCredit, 19 Oct 2011

"One Step Forward, Two Steps Back: Credit Suisse, UBS and Human Rights", Andreas Missbach, Fabian Jucker, Berne Declaration, Jul 2011
Companies' responses also provided

“The Monster under the Bed: Financial Services and the Ruggie Framework”, Mary Dowell-Jones (University of Nottingham Human Rights Law Centre) & David Kinley (University of Sydney), 2011

For further reports & articles, see the Resource Centre’s general section on Finance & banking

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Article
16 August 2013

Banking on human rights protection for major infrastructure projects

Author: Jennifer Kho, Guardian Sustainable Business

The launch of the third version of the Equator Principles calls on banks to consider human rights risks, Citi's Shawn Miller [managing director of environmental and social risk management] tells Jennifer Kho what this means for project developers.....

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Article
5 December 2012

[PDF] Thun Group of Banks Response to a question at the UN Forum on Business and Human Rights, December 2012

Author: Credit Suisse (on behalf of Thun Group of Banks)

The Thun Group of Banks is an informal group of bank representatives that have been discussing the meaning of the UN’s “’Protect, Respect and Remedy’ Framework” and the “Guiding Principles” on the activities of banks...The Group is currently...

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Article
1 December 2012

[PDF] Financing Human Rights Abuse: The Role of Public and Private Financial Institutions

Author: BankTrack, ECA Watch, Center for Intl. Environmental Law

A complex range of public and private institutions provide financing for both corporate and state activity that is associated with human rights abuse. These financial institutions present an opportunity for the widespread dissemination and...

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Article
17 December 2011

[PDF] Human Rights Guidance Tool for the Financial Sector

Author: UNEP Finance Initiative

The UNEP FI Human Rights Guidance Tool for the Finance Sector is designed as an online signposting tool providing information to lenders on human rights risks...In 2011, it has been thoroughly reviewed and revised to reflect recent events and...

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Article
19 October 2011

[PDF] Statement by the Thun Group of banks on the “Guiding principles for the implementation of the United Nations ‘protect, respect and remedy’ framework” on human rights

Author: Barclays, Credit Suisse, UBS, UniCredit

The “Guiding Principles” bring a welcome profile and degree of clarity to the human rights and business agenda. They provide a blueprint for companies to show that they respect human rights, and reduce the risk of causing or contributing to human...

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Article
1 July 2011

[PDF] One Step Forward, Two Steps Back: Credit Suisse, UBS and Human Rights

Author: Andreas Missbach, Fabian Jucker, Berne Declaration

Based on the work of John Ruggie, UN Special Representative on Business and Human Rights, and an analysis of financing in high-risk areas, we examined the dealings of both major Swiss banks regarding this important subject. We came to the...

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Article
1 January 2011

[DOC] The Monster under the Bed: Financial Services and the Ruggie Framework

Author: Mary Dowell-Jones (University of Nottingham Human Rights Law Centre) & David Kinley (University of Sydney)

The work to develop the ‘protect, respect and remedy’ Framework…together with its ‘operationalising’ Guiding Principles, has coincided with one of the worst financial crises to hit the global economy and financial system in many decades. The social...

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