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Below is a selection of human rights guidance materials developed by the Global Compact and its partners. A broader selection of business and human rights guidance materials organized by type of management practice is also available.

 

Business and Human Rights Learning Tool

Web-based modules integrate exercises and case studies on current trends and expectations towards business on implementation of human rights principles, as reflected in the UN Protect-Respect-Remedy Framework. Upon successful completion of a test of the learning tool content users have the opportunity to obtain a certificate. (UNGC/OHCHR, 2011)

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Guide on How to Develop a Human Rights Policy

Provides instruction on how businesses can develop and implement a human rights policy within their companies. (UNGC, 2010)

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The Human Right to Water: Emerging Corporate Practice and Stakeholder Expectations

In July 2010, the UN General Assembly recognized access to safe drinking water and sanitation as a human right. Two months later, the UN Human Rights Council affirmed this right by a consensus resolution. This white paper — part of the CEO Water Mandate platform — is designed to provide information that will inform both how individual companies can respect the human right to water, as well as how the Mandate itself can meaningfully contribute to business’ ability to effectively address this issue. (UNGC/Pacific Institute, 2010)

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Women's Empowerment Principles – Equality Means Business

A set of principles for business offering guidance on how to empower women in the workplace, marketplace and community. They emphasize the business case for corporate action to promote gender equality and women's empowerment and seek to point the way to best practice by elaborating the gender dimension of good corporate citizenship, the Global Compact, and the role of business in sustainable development. (UNGC/UNIFEM, 2010)

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A Human Rights Management Framework

This poster captures key good business and human rights management practices that are elaborated in more detail in A Guide for Integrating Human Rights Into Business Management, as well as in the IBLF's publication Human Rights: It Is Your Business. (UNGC/BLIHR/GBI/IBLF/OHCHR, revised 2010)
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Dialogues on Integrating Human Rights: Testimonials by Business Leaders

This series of podcasts is a collection of interviews by business leaders around the world on the mainstream importance of human rights. The interviews focus on how to perform various aspects of human rights due diligence in practice. They are designed to be of practical assistance to other business leaders from across sectors and geographies. (UNGC/GBI, 2010)

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Guide to Human Rights Impact Assessment and Management

This interactive online tool — revised from the Road-Testing Draft 2007 — is designed to provide companies with guidance on how to assess and manage human rights risks and impacts of their business activities. While the Guide may benefit different types of organizations, companies are the main and intended audience of the Guide to HRIAM. The Guide to HRIAM can be accessed free of charge, following registration. (UNGC/IFC/IBLF, revised 2010)

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Embedding Human Rights in Business Practice III

The third volume in the Embedding Human Rights in Business Practices explores eight companies and how they deal with various human rights issues. Like the previous two volumes, this publication emphasizes the need for cohesive and sometimes over-arching corporate policies on human rights engagement. (UNGC, 2009)

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Human Rights and Business Dilemmas Forum

An online, multi-stakeholder forum to discuss dilemmas confronting business and identify related good practices. It also includes interactive workbooks and case studies. (UNGC/Maplecroft/GE Foundation, 2009)

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A Resource Guide to Corporate Human Rights Reporting

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This collaborative publication offers a practical guide on steps that companies can take to improve their coverage of human rights as part of their sustainability reports and was developed through extensive expert consultation over 2009. (UNGC/GRI/Realizing Rights, 2009)

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Corporate Human Rights Reporting – An Analysis of Current Trends

Part of the same collaborative project that produced A Resource Guide to Corporate Human Rights Reporting, this publication is a survey of recent sustainability reports by over 50 leading companies. It examines trends in current corporate disclosures on human rights and highlights good practice examples as well as ongoing shortcomings in reporting in this area. (UNGC/GRI/Realizing Rights, 2009)

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A Guide for Integrating Human Rights into Business Management, 2nd Edition

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This guide is an updated online tool based on the original published guide. It offers practical guidance to companies wanting to take a proactive approach to human rights within their business operations and is of use primarily to business leaders and managers in large and medium-sized enterprises, private and state-owned, who would like to develop their understanding of human rights in business practice. (UNGC/BLIHR/OHCHR, 2009)

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The Arc of Human Rights Priorities: A New Model for Managing Business Risk

The Arc of Human Rights Priorities is a new approach to in-company human rights management. The Arc builds upon the Sphere of Influence concept, and is designed to allow companies to focus their resources on the most urgent human rights issues in their operations. (UNGC/Danish Institute for Human Rights, 2009)

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Human Rights Translated – A Business Reference Guide

The purpose of this publication is to explain universally recognized human rights in a way that makes sense to business. The publication illustrates, through the use of examples and suggested practical actions, how human rights are relevant in a corporate context. (UNGC/OHCHR/IBLF/Castan Centre for Human Rights Law, 2008)

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Embedding Human Rights in Business Practice II

This second volume in the  Embedding Human Rights in Business Practice series presents 20 case studies of business action related to human rights issues. The case studies highlight various types of actions related to company strategy, policy, processes and procedures, communications, measuring impact and auditing, and reporting. (UNGC/OHCHR, 2007)

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A Guide for Integrating Human Rights Into Business Management, 1st Edition

The publication is based on the accumulated experience of the ten companies in the BLIHR - ABB, Barclays, Gap, Hewlett-Packard, MTV Networks Europe, National Grid, Novartis, Novo Nordisk, Statoil and The Body Shop International - in implementing human rights. This experience is supplemented with practical examples of human rights implementation from other companies including BP, Carrefour, Cemex, Codelco, Copel, Eskom, Li & Fung (Trading), MAS Holdings, Shell, Taj Hotels, Tata Enterprises, Telefonica and Valeo. (BLIHR/OHCHR/UNGC, 2006).
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Embedding Human Rights in Business Practice

This joint publication of the Global Compact and the Office of the High Commissioner explores the practical meaning of the Global Compact’ s human rights principles for companies, presenting four case studies and a policy report on business practice. The main conclusion drawn from these cases is that proactive efforts to address human rights concerns better equipped businesses to manage risks and helps secure and maintain their license to operate. (UNGC/OHCHR, 2004)
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