Urges Governments to implement the State Duty to protect human rights. It was drafted by the leading business associations involved in the business and human rights.
The private sector can respect and support the human rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) individuals by, for example, implementing non-discrimination policies beyond minimum legal requirements or dedicating resources to support LGBT rights outside the workplace. Business action to respect and support LGBT rights is an example of the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and the UN Global Compact human rights principles in practice. This webinar introduced LGBT human rights from the UN perspective, including increased attention to the issue since the Human Rights Council adopted Resolution 17/19 – the first UN resolution on sexual orientation and gender identity. The webinar also presented examples of businesses working to respect and support LGBT human rights in line with UN goals and the tangible benefits they realize as a result.
This publication builds on the Protect, Respect and Remedy framework of the UN Special Representative for Business and Human Rights (SRSG) and is intended to help companies implement a commitment to respect human rights in line with the framework of the SRSG.
Businesses are increasingly being called upon to raise human rights concerns with the governments of countries in which they operate, most often by local or international civil society organisations. Businesses leaders may wonder whether and how they might address such human rights concerns, as an increasing number of companies accept the business case for integrating human rights into their core operations and into their engagement with stakeholders, including with governments. This Good Practice Note aims to bring greater clarity to this sensitive topic and provides an initial orientation to an under-explored, but increasingly pressing topic in responsible business practice.
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.
Guides business on how to avoid being implicated in human trafficking through the use of their products, services or facilities, as well as how to make a positive contribution.
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.
Internationally-accepted frameworks now exist that define the responsibility of all companies with respect to human rights. This also extends to investors, who increasingly are looking to integrate human rights effectively and consistently into investment decision–making and corporate engagement. The webinar focuses on a new report, Investing the Rights Way: A Guide for Investors on Business and Human Rights, which aims to assist investors in evaluating human rights–related issues across their portfolios.
The Standards outlined in the document are intended to provide a set of benchmarks for assessing the role of business in tackling discrimination and related human rights abuses affecting LGBTI people, and to support good practice by companies.
Explores the role of company-level grievance mechanisms, their benefits and limitations, their relationship to other means of addressing stakeholder concerns, and some key considerations when designing a mechanism to be effective in practice. Examples and perspectives from business representatives are also shared.
The issue of taxation is steadily rising on the corporate sustainability agenda. Taxes are one of the main sources of revenue for governments. They are crucial to enable governments to deliver key services to their constituents such as health, education, housing and infrastructure. While tax legislation and enforcement are government responsibilities, companies, as tax payers, also have an important role to play to meet their own human rights responsibilities and to comply with the law. Jointly hosted by the UN Global Compact and the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, this webinar provided a briefing on the link between tax and human rights, the challenges associated and new resources that have been developed for governments, investors, businesses and NGOs on emerging best practices related to tax and human rights. The webinar featured presentations from the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, NEI Investments/PRI Taskforce on Corporate Tax Responsibility, and ActionAid.
A primer on the most relevant, urgent, and probable human rights impacts for the ICT sector and opportunities for positive impact.