The Corporate Responsibility to Respect Human Rights

The Corporate Responsibility to Respect Human Rights

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31 Dec 2012
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This Interpretive Guide on the corporate responsibility to respect human rights was developed in full collaboration with the former Special Representative. Its contents have been the subject of numerous consultations during the six years of the Special Representative’s mandate and have been reflected in many public reports and speeches, but have not previously been brought together. This Guide does not change or add to the provisions of the Guiding Principles, but provides additional background explanation to the principles directed at business enterprises, to support a full understanding of their meaning and intent. In this way, it is designed to support the process of comprehensive implementation of the Guiding Principles, as well as the development of further operational guidance to put the Guiding Principles into practice. As such, this Guide is a resource not just for business, but also for Governments, civil society, investors, lawyers and others who engage with business on these issues.
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  • Introduction
    In June 2011, the United Nations Human Rights Council endorsed the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights presented to it by the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General, Professor John Ruggie.
  • Key concepts
    An “actual human rights impact” is an adverse impact that has already occurred or is occurring.
  • Foundational principles
    Business enterprises should respect human rights. This means that they should avoid infringing on the human rights of others and should address adverse human rights impacts with which they are involved.
  • Operational principles
    As the basis for embedding their responsibility to respect human rights, business enterprises should express their commitment to meet this responsibility through a statement of policy that
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