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Other official statements & reports

This page includes official statements & reports by the UN Working Group other than those related to the UN Human Rights Council, UN General Assembly, UN Working Group sessions, or country visits.  For those statements, please see here.

"Governments and businesses must place human rights at heart of development agenda, UN experts stress", 15 September 2017

"The business and human rights dimension of sustainable development: Embedding “Protect, Respect and Remedy” in SDGs implementation", 30 June 2017

“The lessons of Rana Plaza have still not been learned”, says UN Working Group on business & human rights, 15 May 2015

Introductory remarks at HRC26 side event on "how to effectively integrate a gender perspective in implementing the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights”, 13 Jun 2014

Introductory remarks at HRC26 side event on "the role of human rights defenders in promoting corporate responsibility", 13 Jun 2014

"Statement on the implications of the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights in the context of Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory", 6 Jun 2014

2013 Business and Human Rights Corporate Questionnaire Findings Report, Mar 2014

Position on the matter of an UN-linked global fund on business and human rights, 27 Feb 2014

The UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights: An Introduction, Sep 2013

Statement by the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights concerning shareholder resolutions requiring companies to perform human rights due diligence, 13 May 2013

UN expert body urges international brands to work with Bangladesh to prevent another garment disaster, 8 May 2013

Public Consultation on the Independent Governance and Oversight Mechanism of the ICOC, 31 Mar 2012 

Preparation of the second annual United Nations Forum on Business and Human Rights: Call for input from stakeholders (deadline 2 Apr)

Report of pilot business study on implementation of the corporate responsibility to respect human rights, 2 Dec 2012

UN experts call for more protection of human rights of vulnerable groups affected by business activities, UN News Centre, 3 Nov 2012

UN Working Group launches Business Survey in partnership with GBI [Global Business Initiative on Human Rights], the ICC [Intl. Chamber of Commerce], the IOE [Intl. Organisation of Employers] and the Corporations and Human Rights Project, 24 Oct 2012

Following Rio+20, UN expert body calls on businesses to respect human rights, UN News Centre, 29 Jun 2012
The UN Working Group "expressed concern that the outcome document agreed at the...UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) failed to explicitly mention that businesses must respect human rights..."

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23 March 2017

UN Working Group on business & human rights welcomes French human rights due diligence law

Author: UN Working Group on business & human rights

"UN expert group welcomes legislative efforts in France and other countries to address adverse business human rights impacts", 23 Mar 2017...

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1 September 2013

[PDF] The UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights: An Introduction

Author: UN Working Group on business & human rights

In 2011, the United Nations Human Rights Council unanimously endorsed the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, a set of guidelines for States and companies to prevent and address human rights abuses committed in business operations....

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13 May 2013

[PDF] Statement by the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights concerning shareholder resolutions requiring companies to perform human rights due diligence

Author: UN Working Group on business & human rights

[Recent] shareholder resolutions [encouraging companies to identify & address human rights impacts] represent a growing acknowledgement among investors that business responsibilities extend beyond short-term profits, and that social issues can...

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8 May 2013

UN expert body urges international brands to work with Bangladesh to prevent another garment disaster

Author: UN Working Group on business & human rights

A United Nations expert group today urged international clothing brands not to disengage from Bangladesh, but to work together with the government, international organizations, and civil society to address working conditions in the garment sector.....

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1 March 2013

Preparation of the second annual United Nations Forum on Business and Human Rights: Call for input from stakeholders

Author: UN Working Group on Business & Human Rights

The Working Group on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises, which guides the United Nations Forum on Business and Human Rights, invites all relevant stakeholders to provide their suggestions on topics,...

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2 December 2012

[PDF] Report of pilot business survey on implementation of the corporate responsibility to respect human rights

Author: UN Working Group on Business & Human Rights

The UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights created a pilot survey to assess the views of business representatives regarding their company’s implementation of the corporate responsibility to respect human rights...Our vision is to gather a solid...

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3 November 2012

UN experts call for more protection of human rights of vulnerable groups affected by business activities

Author: UN News Centre

A United Nations expert body has called on States and business enterprises to address the heightened risk of vulnerability, discrimination and marginalization of groups and communities whose human rights are affected by business activities across the...

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24 October 2012

UN Working Group launches Business Survey in partnership with GBI, the ICC, the IOE and the Corporations and Human Rights Project

Author: UN Working Group on business & human rights, Global Business Initiative on Human Rights, Intl. Chamber of Commerce, Intl. Organisation of Employers

This project is a joint effort by the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights, the Global Business Initiative on Human Rights, the International Chamber of Commerce, the International Organisation of Employers and the Corporations and Human...

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29 June 2012

Following Rio+20, UN expert body calls on businesses to respect human rights

Author: UN News Centre

A United Nations expert body...expressed concern that the outcome document agreed at the...UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) failed to explicitly mention that businesses must respect human rights. “Businesses will play a major role in...

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31 March 2012

[PDF] Public Consultation on the Independent Governance and Oversight Mechanism of the ICOC

Author: UN Working Group on business and human rights

The...Working Group on Business and Human Rights recognizes the efforts of the Government of Switzerland and other participants in the conception of an international code of conduct and a multi-stakeholders initiative on the issue of private security...

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