BSCI welcomes the endorsement of the long-awaited UN Guiding Principles

17-06-2011

Human rights achieved a significant accomplishment yesterday after the UN Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights, “Protect, Respect and Remedy”, was endorsed by the UN Human Rights Council. This new set of global guiding principles for businesses is designed to help companies avoid human rights breaches in their operations and to rectify situations when offenses occur. Special Representative, Professor John Ruggie, produced this inclusive process that "will help ensure a socially sustainable globalization, which will have impact far beyond the UN system, shaping the practices of governments, companies, civil society groups, and investors around the world." The Guiding Principles are based on 47 consultations and site visits in more than 20 countries. The endorsement of the principles is a great achievement, however the hard work will continue as companies and governments must now support and implement the principles throughout their practices. The UN Human Rights Council has set up a working group to provide a space for continued dialogue and learning and to help drive implementation of the principles. The UN Guiding Principles, along with other recently adopted standards such as OECD’s guidelines and ISO 26000, will play a vital role in BSCI’s revision of its Code of Conduct in 2012, ensuring that our code conforms with internationally-accepted standards. BSCI will now work to incorporate these standards into its communication to participating BSCI companies.

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