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Draft Guidance Consultation (Dec. 2012 – Feb. 2013) - Now Closed

The Institute for Human Rights and Business (IHRB) and Shift (the Project Team) were selected to carry out the project of developing the three guides for the Commission over the course of 2012.

The information below has been kept online as a historic record of the sector guidance project.

Consultation Process: As part of the project’s multistakeholder consultation process, the first drafts of each sector guidance document were posted below for a two-month public consultation. Please see below the consultation timelines and submission instructions of each sector draft.

Public Posting Of All Written Comments: Unless expressly requested otherwise, submission of written feedback were posted as received to this web portal with each commentator’s submitted name and organisational affiliation.

Guidance aim: It is the European Commission’s intention to produce practical, useful guidance for businesses on implementing the Guiding Principles, which is not intended to be legally binding. While the Guidance takes particular account of the situation and experiences of EU business, it aims to be as globally relevant as possible – informed by research and the views of a wide range of stakeholders, including expert representatives from business, trade unions, NGOs and government.

Oil & Gas

The Oil & Gas (O&G) sector guidance was posted for public consultation on 30 November 2012 and was open for comment through Friday 1 February 2013.

Comments were requested to be sent to a subject line of “O&G Draft Guidance Feedback” by the closing date of Friday 1st February 2013.

Read all submissions received to the O&G Draft Guidance.

Information and Communications Technology

The Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector guidance was posted for public consultation on 14th December 2012 and was open for comment through Wednesday 13th February 2013.

Comments were requested to be sent to with a subject line of “ICT Draft Guidance Feedback” by the closing date of Wednesday 13th February 2013.

Read all submissions received to the ICT Draft Guidance.

Employment & Recruitment Agencies

The Employment & Recruitment (E&R) Agencies sector guidance was posted for public consultation on 20 December 2012 and was open for comment through Tuesday 19th February 2013.

Comments were requested to be sent to with a subject line of “E&R Agencies Draft Guidance Feedback” by the closing date of Tuesday 19 February 2013.

Read all submissions received to the E&R Agencies Draft Guidance.

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