UN Human Rights Council endorses Guiding Principles on business & human rights
Yesterday the United Nations Human Rights Council endorsed the “Guiding Principles for the Implementation of the UN Protect, Respect and Remedy Framework”, drafted by UN Special Representative on business & human rights John Ruggie.
In an unprecedented step, the United Nations Human Rights Council has endorsed a new set of Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights* designed to provide -for the first time- a global standard for preventing and addressing the risk of adverse impacts on human rights linked to business activity.
The new standards outline how States and businesses should implement the UN “Protect, Respect and Remedy” Framework in order to better manage business and human rights challenges.
Under the „State Duty to Protect,‟ the Guiding Principles recommend how governments should provide greater clarity of expectations and consistency of rule for business in relation to human rights. The „Corporate Responsibility to Respect‟ principles provide a blueprint for companies on how to know and show that they are respecting human rights. The „Access to Remedy‟ principles focus on ensuring that where people are harmed by business activities, there is both adequate accountability and effective redress, judicial and non-judicial.
In giving its endorsement, the Human Rights Council commended Professor Ruggie for developing the UN “Protect, Respect and Remedy” Framework, and recognized the role of the Guiding Principles in providing comprehensive recommendations for its implementation.
The full press release by the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights regarding the action by the Council is available here.