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UN Guiding Principles

The UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights are a set of guidelines for States and companies to prevent, address and remedy human rights abuses committed in business operations.

The UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights are a set of guidelines for States and companies to prevent, address and remedy human rights abuses committed in business operations.

They were proposed by UN Special Representative on business & human rights John Ruggie, and endorsed by the UN Human Rights Council in June 2011.  In the same resolution, the UN Human Rights Council established the UN Working Group on business & human rights.

The UNGPs rest on three pillars

I

Protect

State duty to protect human rights.

II

Respect

The corporate responsibility to respect human rights.

III

Remedy

Access to remedy for victims of business-related abuses

Credit: Danish Institute for Human Rights


UN Working Group

The UN Working Group was established by the UN Human Rights Council in June 2011, following its endorsement of the UN Guiding Principles.

UN Guiding Principles at 10

At the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the UN Guiding Principles, the UN Working Group is undertaking a new project informed by wide-ranging stakeholder consultations, to chart a course for a decade of action on business and human rights.