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Business Leaders Initiative on Human Rights

Business Leaders Initiative on Human Rights

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A Guide for Integrating Human Rightsinto Business Management 
Ofce o the United NationsHigh Commissioneror Human Rights
Business LeadersInitiative onHuman Rights United NationsGlobal Compactand
the Ofce of the
United NationsHigh Commissionerfor Human Rights
The views expressed in this publica-tion do not necessarily representthe views of the Global Compact
Ofce or the Ofce of the United
Nations High Commissioner for Hu-man Rights or any of the individualcompanies participating in BLIHR orwhose case examples are included.Moreover, the Global Compact
Ofce and the OHCHR make no rep
-resentation concerning, and do notguarantee, the source, originality,accuracy, completeness or reli-ability of any statement, informa-
tion, data, nding, interpretation,
advice or opinion contained withinthe publication. The publication isintended as a learning document.The inclusion of examples of com-pany experiences does not in anyway constitute an endorsement of the individual companies nor theirhuman rights policies or practices
by the Global Compact Ofce and/
or the OHCHR.
from left to right:
all photos © istockphoto.com except for
numbers 1 and 5, © United Nations Capi-
tal Development Fund/Roger Adams
PrefaceIntroductionGetting Started1 Strategy2 Policy3 Processes andProcedures4 Communications5 Training6 Measuring Impactand Auditing7 ReportingConclusionAppendices
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 A growing number o companies
are becom-ing aware o the contribution they can make toadvancing human rights within their spheres oinfuence and the benets such an approach canhave or their businesses. While human rightscontinue to be the primary responsibility o govern-ments, companies can do a lot within the contexto their own business to support and respect theobservance o human rights. Being proactive onhuman rights can make good business sense, aswell as being the right thing to do.This publication, a joint product o the Business Lead-ers Initiative on Human Rights (BLIHR), the UnitedNations Global Compact Oce, and the Oce o theUnited Nations High Commissioner or Human Rights(OHCHR), oers practical guidance to companies thatwant to take a proactive approach to human rightswithin their business operations. It is principally orbusiness leaders and managers in large and me-dium-sized enterprises, private and state-owned, whowould like to develop their understanding o humanrights in business practice.
What is the Business Leaders Initiative onHuman Rights?
The Business Leaders Initiative on Human Rights(BLIHR) is a business-led program that is developingpractical tools and methodologies or applying hu-man rights principles and standards across a rangeo business sectors, issues, and geographical loca-tions. The ten member companies o BLIHR took thelead in this Guide’s development, in which they sharesome o their experiences and lessons they havelearned. For more inormation, see www.blihr.org
What is the United Nations Global Compact Ofce? 
The United Nations (UN) Global Compact is theUN’s voluntary corporate citizenship initiative basedon ten universal principles in the areas o hu-man rights, labor standards, the environment andanti-corruption (see the
 ). It has beenendorsed by all 191 Heads o State and Govern-ments o the United Nations and has urther beenlegitimized through a consensus resolution by theGeneral Assembly. The rst two principles o theGlobal Compact are derived rom the Universal Dec-laration o Human Rights, which is the oundationalramework o the international human rights system.Business should support and respect the pro-tection o international human rights; andBusiness must not be complicit in abuses ohuman rights.The Global Compact Oce works with participantsand other stakeholders to provide support, commu-nications, governance, and programs related to theGlobal Compact initiative and principles. For moreinormation, see www.unglobalcompact.org
What is the Ofce o the United Nations HighCommissioner or Human Rights?
The Oce o the United Nations High Commissioneror Human Rights (OHCHR) is an important brancho the UN human rights structure. The current HighCommissioner, Louise Arbour, is responsible to theUN Secretary General or encouraging the inter-national community and nation states to upholduniversal human rights standards. The Oce seeksto work with an ever wider range o participants,including the private sector, to promote respect orand commitment to human rights as widely as pos-sible. For more inormation, see www.ohchr.org
Why we chose to produce this Guide
Human rights is one o the most challenging areaso corporate responsibility or companies to ad-dress; more human rights tools and guidance areneeded. This Guide is intended to help meet thisneed and, in doing so, help companies make hu-man rights a successul part o their business.

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