By Filippo Veglio, Director, Social Impact, World Business Council for Sustainable Development
“Meeting basic needs and respecting human rights” has been identified as one of nine key priority areas within the Action2020 platform of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD).
Action2020 is a science-based action plan that seeks to engage companies to implement innovative and scalable business solutions and improve the business case for sustainability. WBCSD members have highlighted the operationalization of the UN Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights (UNGPs) as an essential business solution to contribute to achieving this priority. The UNGPs establish an authoritative global standard on the respective roles of businesses and governments in helping ensure that companies respect human rights in their own operations and through their business relationships.
• Create a better understanding of the current state of play amongst corporations
• Highlight some of the most common barriers faced by companies in their efforts to implement the UNGPs
• Share solutions tried and tested by WBCSD members to overcome these barriers.These insights are useful for companies at all stages of their human rights journey. For companies that are kick-starting their human rights activities – and trying to determine how best to ‘dive in’ – the brief provides a menu of practical steps that might help them get started, which their peers have found to be most important and effective. For companies with more experience, the brief identifies additional strategies that may help them to overcome persistent challenges.
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