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In 2011, the United Nations Human Rights Council adopted the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. The UN Guiding Principles determines the global best practice for all States and businesses with regard to business and human rights.

31 principles constitute the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. They outline the steps that the States need to take in order to support and promote business that respects human rights; they provide a model strategy and action plan to allow companies to manage the risk of negative impact on human rights; finally, they also provide benchmarks to assess if a company respects human rights in its operations.

The UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human rights are not legally binding, but constitute a standard that each State and company should apply with special attention to the rights, the needs and challenges faced by populations at risk of becoming vulnerable and to the different risks faced by men and women.

Visit the Internet Portal of the UN Principles on Business and Human Rights

Further information

The Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights: The official UN Guidance for companies (2011):
Implementing the United Nations The Corporate Responsibility to respect
‘Protect, Respect and Remedy’ Framework Human Rights: an Interpretative Guide

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Five case studies: The Example of Rio Tinto:
De-mystifying Human Rights Why human rights matter: A resource guide
for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises for integrating human rights into Communities
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Further reading

Just Business: Multinational Corporations and Human Rights by John Gerard Ruggie, Norton Global Ethics Series, March 2013.