Learn about how companies in the UN Global Compact are taking action to advance corporate sustainability around the world.
Jointly hosted by the UN Global Compact and the Mary Robinson Foundation - Climate Justice, this webinar will examined the human dimensions of climate change. The webinar explored how climate change undermines human rights, including the right to adequate food, water and health, as well as the disproportionate impact climate change has on vulnerable groups such as women and children. This webinar provides an opportunity to discuss climate change through a human rights lens and will review various ways that business can respect human rights when taking action on climate change. (2015)
Identifies leading corporate practices in key sustainability areas – and the wide spectrum of ideas presented at the Forum on innovations, collaborations and public policy recommendations. The report showcases approximately 200 commitments to action announced by corporate leaders, over 50 new tools and resources, and media coverage of the Forum.
Illustrates how companies can implement the Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact throughout their supply chains and integrate sustainability into procurement strategies. In 2015, the guide was revised to ensure the inclusion of and alignment with relevant standards and initiatives, and also to reflect current and emerging trends within this area. It includes several updated and new company examples. The second edition is available in English. The original Guide, launched in 2010, is available below in the indicated languages.
This handbook provides guidance material and tools for employers and business to strengthen their capacity to address the risk of forced labour and human trafficking in their own operations and in global supply chains. (2015 revised edition)
This report examines the challenges faced by the global alliance against forced labour. It demonstrates how these challenges are met through a combination of best practices, law enforcement and prevention mechanisms.
An extensive range of publications produced by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on a variety of topics related to human rights. The goal of OHCHR's publications programme is to increase knowledge and raise awareness about human rights and fundamental freedoms, and to publicize ways of promoting and protecting them worldwide. OHCHR publications also aim to encourage debate on human rights issues under discussion at the United Nations.
In many countries, businesses come across human rights challenges that affect Indigenous peoples, including discrimination, child labour and forced labour, lack of voice and/or effective participation in decision making processes, lack of decent work opportunities, and recognition of their land rights. This webinar, conducted by ILO experts on indigenous peoples, discussed contributions by government, enterprises, employers’ and workers’ organizations to the realization of indigenous peoples’ rights, as enshrined in ILO Convention No. 169 on indigenous and tribal peoples.
The key elements of a safe and enabling environment for human rights defenders, and a effective investment and operating environment for business, are closely intertwined. Human rights and environmental defenders, journalists, lawyers, and anti-corruption campaigners are key agents of change, and they contribute greatly to safeguard human rights and the rule of law. As such, both companies and human rights defenders have a shared interest in an environment which respects the rights to freedom of expression, association and assembly, and is characterised by non-discrimination, transparent and accountable government, freedom from corruption, and respect for the rule of law. Regrettably, the operating environment for defenders is becoming increasingly restrictive and dangerous in many countries. These countries include those in which corporations, with policies on human rights, increasingly operate and invest. Jointly hosted by the UN Global Compact, the International Service for Human Rights (ISHR) and the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre (BHRRC), this webinar will provide an overview of the increasing restrictions faced by civil society and human rights defenders, explore some of the drivers and benefits of business action in their support and protection, and discuss emerging good practices related to business and human rights defenders.
Business In Society (BIS) reports on how the private sector can have an influential effect on our lives through sustainable and responsible business. This programme features the Women's Empowerment Principles and interviews with Ms. Anne-Marie Slaughter, President of The New America Foundation, Ms. Barbara Krumsiek, CEO of Calvert Investments, and Ursula Wynhoven, Chief, Governance and Social Sustainability and General Counsel of the United Nations Global Compact by John Paluszek of BIS. In these interviews, a spotlight is put on the Women's Empowerment Principles and the tipping point for women’s empowerment in business, government, civil society and other institutions
Provides an overview on the relationship between the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and the UN Global Compact’s Human Rights Principles.
The Guiding Principles seek to provide an authoritative global standard for preventing and addressing the risk of adverse human rights impacts linked to business activity.