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Why 2011 was a landmark year for business and human rights

Author: Alison Braybrooks, Impact abc in Guardian [UK], Published on: 16 December 2011

2011 was also a landmark year for business and human rights: John Ruggie's guiding principles were endorsed by the UN Human Rights Council, and then incorporated into the new OECD guidelines, ISO26000 and the sustainability policy of the IFC...The most visible of these will be the emerging industry coalitions that shape the response of particular sectors. The Thun Group of European banks (Barclays, UBS, Credit Suisse and Unicredit)...Unilever is good on all fronts but their approach to embedding human rights into their employment practice is textbook and worth highlighting here. Anglo American has had a robust and structured approach to managing their community impact for a long time [also refers to Centrica]

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Related companies: Anglo American Barclays Credit Suisse UBS Unicredito Italiano (now Unicredit) Unilever