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Global business and human rights stocktake

Global Compact Network Australia | March 3, 2015

The Business and Human Rights Resource Centre has launched new interactive online platforms today, revealing how companies and governments are addressing the human rights impacts of business. Key findings include:

  • There is significant momentum on National Action Plans and corporate human rights policies

34 of the world’s largest 50 companies now have a publicly-available policy statement on human rights. Four governments have completed National Action Plans, 10 are in process and more than a dozen committed to or considering developing NAPs.

  • There is a continuing need for joint action

There is a clear need for stronger coordination within governments as well as across government and business to protect vulnerable people. While some governments cited opposition by economic interests as an obstacle, companies highlighted a lack of willingness from governments.

Read more here. For guidance on developing a human rights policy, see the UN Global Compact’s Guide on How to Develop a Human Rights Policy.

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