UN Guiding Principles
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The UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights are a set of guidelines for States and companies to prevent, address and remedy human rights abuses committed in business operations.
They were proposed by UN Special Representative on business & human rights John Ruggie, and endorsed by the UN Human Rights Council in June 2011. In the same resolution, the UN Human Rights Council established the UN Working Group on business & human rights.
How to use this portal
Keep up to date on the latest news on implementation of the UN Guiding Principles.
Use the implementation hub for key tools, guidance and examples of uses of the UN Guiding Principles by companies, governments, and others.
Navigate the in-depth areas below for background & introductory information; guidance materials; examples of implementation & failure to implement; examples of how NGOs are using the Principles; commentaries on the Principles reflecting diverse viewpoints; lawsuits against companies referring to the Principles; events related to the Principles.
This Portal is available in Arabic, Chinese, French, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. Click on the language bar above to access other language versions.
Business & human rights at the UN level
The following portals contain information about related elements of UN-level work on business & human rights:
UN Special Representative (mandate: 2005-2011)
UN Working Group (established in 2011)
Brief video introduction
Las siguientes áreas detalladas están disponibles en otros idiomas:
- 📄 Latest news on UNGPs [English]
- 📄 Text of the UN Guiding Principles [English]
- 📄 Official UN Guidance [English]
- 📄 Implementation - tools & examples [English]
- 📄 Commentaries [English]
- 📄 Events [English]
- 📄 Background & history of Guiding Principles [English]
- 📄 Principes directeurs des Nations Unies [Français]
- 📄 联合国指导原则 [简体中文]
- 📄 聯合國指導原則 [繁體中文]
- 📄 المبادئ التوجيهية حول الأعمال وحقوق الإنسان [العربية]
- 📄 Princípios Orientadores da ONU [Português]
- 📄 Руководящие принципы ООН [Русский]