Human rights can be a challenging topic for business to internally and externally address. However, understanding what human rights are and their relevance to business, can help companies act in ways that respect and support human rights.
With the help of the Human Rights and Labour Working Group (HRLWG), the UN Global Compact identifies and promotes good practices on a range of business and human rights topics through resources such as guidance documents, webinars, and collective action initiatives. The HRLWG also reviews new and existing tools and resources to ensure alignment with the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and labour standards of the ILO, contributes to multi-stakeholder dialogue, and supports the human rights and labour activities of Global Compact Local Networks.
Explore resources developed with the HRLWG on business and human rights:
- Good Practice Notes – Good Practice Notes identify general approaches that have been recognized by a number of companies and stakeholders as being good for business and also good for human rights. The Notes undergo a peer review process from business and human rights practitioners, and must be endorsed by the Human Rights and Labour Working Group and the Secretariat before endorsement.
If you are interested in writing a Good Practice Note, view the guidelines.
- Case Studies – Case Studies explore how a company has integrated human rights principles into its strategies, operations and business relationships. Case studies undergo a peer review process from business and human rights practitioners, and must be approved by Human Rights and Labour Working Group and the Secretariat before endorsement. Case studies are collected into our Embedding Human Rights in Business Practice series.
If you are interested in writing a case study, view the case study template.
- Webinars – The UN Global Compact hosts a number of webinars in collaboration with partners to raise awareness and highlight good practices by business. The webinars feature company representatives and practitioners as well as civil society and other stakeholders.
The Human Rights and Labour Working Group is an expert group comprised of representatives from business, civil society, trade unions, academia, UN agencies, and Global Compact Local Networks working on business and human rights. The Secretariat for the HRLWG is the UN Global Compact, UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the International Labour Organization. Membership is reviewed every two years. To apply for membership, please contact us indicating your interest in joining and the name of the proposed representative from your organization.