United Nations Global Principles on Business and Human Rights

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The UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights are a set of guidelines for states and companies to prevent, address and remedy human rights abuses committed in business operations. Widely known as “Protect-Respect-Remedy” framework, each of these pillars defined foundational and operational principles for strengthening the human rights agenda. Pillar 1 (“Protect”) defines the state duty to protect against human rights abuses within their jurisdiction by third parties including business enterprises. Pillar 2 (“Respect”) articulates the need for businesses to avoid infringement of human rights in their operations. Pillar 3 (Remedy) focuses on how they should address the negative human rights through remediation processes. They 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.

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United Nations Global Compact library
Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights publication