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Global Compact Stresses Commitment to Human Rights Principles


Marking Human Rights Day on 10 December, the Global Compact Office reaffirmed its commitment to embedding the two Global Compact human rights principles in business practice around the world.
 “Our objective remains to tackle human rights in a non-political pragmatic way and thus foster the introduction of practical solutions into the thinking and practice of a large number of corporations worldwide” said Georg Kell, Executive Head of Global Compact. 

The two human rights principles are perhaps the least well defined of the Global Compact principles.  To help elaborate what the principles mean in practice, the Global Compact Office has been working with the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, business, non-governmental organizations and labour on a range of projects, including: 

• A joint publication of a number of human rights case studies and a series of papers on the topic of human rights and business.  Entitled “Embedding human rights in business practice,” it can be downloaded here
• A multi-stakeholder consultation on business and human rights held in October 2004 in Geneva. 
• A multi-stakeholder learning event in Belo Horizonte, Brazil in December 2003, which included a number of sessions on business and human rights.
• Development of new tools to facilitate implementation of the human rights principles.

For more information, please contact Ms. Ursula Wynhoven at wynhoven@un.org