P1.5: Human Rights
Implementing the UN Guiding Principles
In 2005, John Ruggie was appointed UN Secretary General’s Special Representative on Human Rights and Transnational Corporations and Other Businesses. Following this appointment, a multi-stakeholder consultation process ensued resulting in the June 2011 release of the “Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights: Implementing the United Nations ‘Protect, Respect and Remedy’ Framework.” This framework clarifies the role and responsibility of business for respecting the rights of not only their direct employees, but also their suppliers and the communities where they operate.
Many companies that have publicly endorsed the Guiding Principles—such as Coca-Cola, Citi and Microsoft—are now developing strategies for implementation. And organizations like Shift, an independent non-profit center for business and human rights, are working together with companies to develop practical guidance for implementing the principles throughout global supply chains.
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