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How to Develop a Human Rights Policy

A Guide for Business

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How to Develop a Human Rights Policy: A Guide for Business seeks to outline why companies should respect human rights, the principal reasons for adopting a human rights policy, its key components and the good practice processes to develop one. Adopting a human rights policy is a precursor to a company’s human rights due diligence towards meeting its responsibility to respect human rights. It sends a clear signal to internal and external stakeholders that the company is striving to embed human rights into its operational policies and procedures and to understand the human rights impacts of the business, both positive and negative. It also signals a commitment to take respect for human rights sufficiently seriously to allocate management time and resources to developing and implementing a policy, including by consulting externally.

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What are the key components of a Human Rights Policy?

An explicit commitment to respect all internationally recognized human rights standards – understood, at a minimum, as the International Bill of Rights and the ILO’s Declaration on the Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work

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