The United Nations (UN) Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights are a global standard for preventing and addressing the risk of adverse impacts on human rights linked to business activity.
Adopted by the United Nations Human Rights Council in June 2011, it provides a framework on corporate human rights responsibility that has inspired the UK Modern Slavery Act.
The text highlights the States and the businesses’ responsibility to ‘Protect, Respect and Remedy’ human rights abuses. A link to a very useful guide to implementing these principles can be found here.
Key points to note for businesses is the extent of the responsibility (it may be indirect responsibility, hence the Transparency in the Supply Chain clause in the UK Modern Slavery Act), and the levels where they would need to act, from policy building to remediation solutions.