How to Develop a Human Rights Policy

How to Develop a Human Rights Policy

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UNGC
22 Oct 2015
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34
ISBN:
9789210576079 (PDF)
http://dx.doi.org/10.18356/69ee4fe9-en

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How to Develop a Human Rights Policy: A Guide for Business seeks to outline why companies should respect human rights, the principal reasons for adopting a human rights policy, its key components and the good practice processes to develop one. Adopting a human rights policy is a precursor to a company’s human rights due diligence towards meeting its responsibility to respect human rights. It sends a clear signal to internal and external stakeholders that the company is striving to embed human rights into its operational policies and procedures and to understand the human rights impacts of the business, both positive and negative. It also signals a commitment to take respect for human rights sufficiently seriously to allocate management time and resources to developing and implementing a policy, including by consulting externally.
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  • Overview - What is a Human Rights Policy?
    A human rights policy can take many forms and has no definitive template. However, some essential elements are set out in the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, the global authoritative standard on human rights for all businesses wherever they operate, endorsed by the UN Human Rights Council in 2011.
  • Why respect Human Rights?
    All companies have a responsibility to respect human rights, which means to avoid infringing on the human rights of others and to address these impacts where they occur, as set out in the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights
  • Why develop a Human Rights Policy?
    To provide a basis for embedding the responsibility to respect through all business functions
  • Key steps - the process behind the policy
    Developing a human rights policy can be a dynamic, though not always a predictable process. Do not expect perfection at first. Many companies update their policies as they gain experience
  • What are the key components of a Human Rights Policy?
    An explicit commitment to respect all internationally recognized human rights standards – understood, at a minimum, as the International Bill of Rights and the ILO’s Declaration on the Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work
  • Next steps-path to implementation
    Developing a human rights policy is only the first step for a company to know and show that it respects human rights. Embedding it throughout the relevant processes and procedures of the whole business is necessary to ensure its effective implementation.
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