On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the endorsement of the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs), amfori has been in touch with the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights (UNWG) to support them in taking stock of what has been done so far.
Why are the UNGPs important for amfori and you, our members?
At amfori, we have centred our services/tools for improving supply chain performance along the principles enshrined in the UNGPs.
The UNGPs stipulate that:
- States have an obligation to respect, protect and fulfil human rights and fundamental freedoms
- Business enterprises have a responsibility to respect human rights
- Both states and businesses need to provide for effective remedy mechanisms when violations of human rights occur
According to the UNGP framework, due diligence is the essential process with which a company exercises its responsibility to respect human rights and to remediate adverse impacts.
amfori’s services and tools for continuous improvement support our members with conducting due diligence.
The amfori BSCI Code of Conduct covers labour principles that amfori BSCI participants’ business partners agree to respect upon signing the code. Those labour principles build on international norms such as the UNGPs.
How can we collectively best support the UNWG in their endeavour?
Your contribution is vital in understanding concrete gaps and challenges and developing a vision and roadmap for scaling up the implementation of the UNGPs over the course of the next decade.
Your feedback will be integrated into the forthcoming UNGPs recommendations by the UNWG.