Business & Human Rights

Since the foundation of the United Nations in 1945, Human Rights have been at the base of the values that the United Nations represents.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights

In 1948, three years after the foundation of the United Nations, the UN General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a declaration that was the first global expression of the idea that all human beings are inherently entitled to a number of important rights.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights

The United Nations Human Rights Council

The United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights

The UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights were proposed by UN Special Representative on Business and 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 and Human Rights.

The framework proposed by John Ruggie, also known as the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs), are a global standard for preventing and addressing the risk of adverse impacts on human rights linked to business activity. The framework elaborates on the responsibilities of both states and businesses.

United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights

Business and Human Rights Resource Centre

Working Group on Business and Human Rights.

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