The UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights is a globally-recognised framework which outlines the roles of states and businesses in protecting human rights in business situations. The framework recognises the primary role of the state in protecting its citizens and establishing relevant laws. It also outlines business’ responsibility to understand, mitigate and remedy any adverse human rights impacts in supply chains.
While the framework is not legally binding, states are moving towards adopting it and progressive businesses are developing ways to implement it. In September 2013, the UK government launched its action plan on business and human rights, becoming the first country to set out guidance to companies on integrating human rights into their operations. ETI’s work supportsthe UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. We urge businesses to understand it and start putting in place measures that will help them meet its requirements now and in years to come.