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U.S. Government Approach on Business and Human Rights

Author: US Department of State, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights & Labor , Published on: 1 May 2013

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 that business, on the one hand, and government, on the other hand, can simply operate in parallel worlds is not viable. They have to work together...The U.S. government’s approach on business and human rights is intended to support the interests of U.S. companies, enhance the effectiveness of international institutions focused on this issue, and promote the human rights of people around the world...This document illustrates how the U.S. government approaches business and human rights, by providing examples of laws, regulations and policies relevant to the intersection between these issues, and what U.S. companies should know when it comes to respecting human rights throughout their global operations.

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