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Implementing the Corporate Responsibility to Respect Human Rights: New Project to Develop Guides for three European Business Sectors

Updated: 13 January 2012 | Posted: 10 January 2012

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This week the European Commission announced that the Institute for Human Rights and Business (IHRB) and Shift have been selected to support a new project to develop guidance for select industry sectors on implementing the corporate responsibility to respect human rights.

In June 2011, the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Enterprise and Industry announced that it was developing the project, which takes forward a key objective of the European Commission’s new policy on Corporate Social Responsibility, published in October 2011, involving support for implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

The project, to be carried out during 2012, will result in three sector-specific guides, developed in close coordination with selected industry sectors and other stakeholders.

Developing Guides on the responsibility to Respect Human Rights

All stakeholders are invited to submit their suggestions for the choice of sectors by emailing by:
6pm CET on 27 January 2012.

The final choice on the three sectors will be made by the European Commission and announced in early February 2012.

Both Shift and IHRB are delighted to be involved with this important project and are committed to a process based on active multistakeholder consultation and collaborative approaches.

Details of planned consultations will be posted on the website as the work develops.

About IHRB and SHIFT:

The Institute for Human Rights and Business is dedicated to being a global centre of excellence and expertise on the relationship between business and internationally proclaimed human rights standards. The Institute provides a trusted, impartial space for dialogue and independent analysis to deepen understanding of human rights challenges and issues and the appropriate role of business.

Shift is a new and independent, non-profit centre for business and human rights practice, staffed by a team that was closely involved in shaping and writing the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. Shift provides the expert knowledge and guidance for businesses and governments to put the Guiding Principles into practice, and develops public learning materials based on the lessons from this work.

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