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.



Overview - What is a Human Rights Policy?

A human rights policy can take many forms and has no definitive template. However, some essential elements are set out in the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, the global authoritative standard on human rights for all businesses wherever they operate, endorsed by the UN Human Rights Council in 2011.


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