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United Nations Global Compact: "Guide on How to Develop a Human Rights Policy"

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24 June 2010

[PDF] Guidance on Responsible Business in Conflict-Affected and High-risk Areas: A Resource for Companies and Investors

Author: United Nations Global Compact, Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI)

[This publication] seeks to provide a common reference point for constructive dialogue between companies and investors...[and] to complement applicable national and international laws by promoting international good practice…[T]he private sector can make a meaningful contribution to stability and security in conflict-affected and high-risk areas…Yet in some cases, companies may negatively impact their own operations and their activities may exacerbate conflict or instability…This guidance does not offer technical instructions. It is not intended to serve as a blueprint for responsible behavior in all conflict-affected and high-risk areas. It complements responsible practices in peaceful and stable contexts, in situations of instability or conflict.

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24 June 2010

[PDF] Supply Chain Sustainability: A Practical Guide for Continuous Improvement

Author: UN Global Compact, Business for Social Responsibility (BSR)

Supply chain sustainability is increasingly recognized as a key component of corporate responsibility…To navigate this complex terrain, we offer a few baseline definitions and practical steps that companies can take toward progress, using the United Nations Global Compact principles as the basis to work toward supply chain sustainability…This guide is intended to help companies, both those who are new to and those experienced in supply chain sustainability, to apply the Global Compact principles throughout their supply chains and to integrate sustainability into their business strategies…Through supply chain sustainability, companies protect the longterm viability of their business and secure a social license to operate.

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1 June 2010

[PDF] Doing business while advancing peace and development

Author: United Nations Global Compact

Conflict affects a society at all levels…business has an interest in promoting peace and development, two main objectives of the United Nations…what is the scope of the private sector’s contribution in conflict prevention, post-conflict reconstruction and peace-building efforts?…[T]his publication showcases how companies from different sectors are contributing to peace and development in difficult environments around the world. It provides helpful examples of how companies from a variety of sectors operating in different conflict-prone or post-conflict environments around the world are dealing with some of the challenges they are confronting. [refers to BP, Talisman Energy, Satemwa Tea Estate, Protina, Sagya, United RUSAL, Oil and Natural Gas Corporation, Petrobras, Newmont Mining, Sumitomo Chemical (part of Sumitomo Group), PricewaterhouseCoopers, Coca Cola, Energoinvest, ArcelorMittal, Komatsu, Safaricom, Aastra, Promon]

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1 June 2010

[PDF] Guide on How to Develop a Human Rights Policy

Author: United Nations Global Compact

A human rights policy can take many forms and has no uniform definition…Adopting a human rights policy is only a first step in a company’s human rights due diligence towards meeting its responsibility to respect human rights. But it sends a clear signal to internal and external stakeholders...This Guide to Developing a Human Rights Policy seeks to outline why companies should respect human rights, the principle reasons for adopting a human rights policy, its key ingredients and the best practice process to develop one. [refers to BlackRock, AXA Investment Manager, Calvert, HSBC, Barclays, Cadbury, Ford, ABB, Codelco, Mitsubishi, Coca-Cola, Alcoa, Bayer, Eni, Yahoo, ANZ Bank, Marks & Spencer, AngloGold Ashanti, AstraZeneca, Westpac, BASF, General Electric, Vale, Fujitsu, National Grid, Novartis, Pentland, HP, Adidas, Anadolu Efes, TeliaSonera, Vodafone, Balfour Beatty, DuPont, Reebok, Tesco, Carrefour, Phillips-Van Heusen, IKEA, Tata, CNOOC, Cerrejón, Shell, BG Group, BHP Billiton, GSK, Total, H&M, Marriott]

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