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UN Human Rights Council Adopts Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights

(Geneva) – The United Nations Human Rights Council, in its 17th regular session, has adopted the new Guiding Principles on 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.

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“The adoption of the Guiding Principles marks an important milestone in the evolution of the business and human rights agenda,” said Georg Kell, Executive Director of the UN Global Compact. “Among other major steps forward, the Guiding Principles help bring greater clarity to the business responsibility to respect human rights, which is also a key component of Global Compact Principle 1, which calls on business to support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights.”

“Helping to promote implementation of the UN Protect, Respect and Remedy Framework and the Guiding Principles is an important part of our strategy for the coming years and a key function of the Global Compact Human Rights Working Group,” said Ursula Wynhoven, General Counsel of the UN Global Compact. “We look forward to continuing our good cooperation with the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.”

Timed with the endorsement of the Guiding Principles, the Global Compact Office and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights announced the publication of the updated Guide on How to Prepare a Human Rights Policy.

Further information:

UN Protect, Respect and Remedy Framework and the UN Global Compact
Human Rights and Business guidance materials
Human Rights and Business Dilemmas Forum
Contact
Ursula Wynhoven
Human Rights Issue Manager
wynhoven@un.org