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Consultation on Sector Discussion Paper

The three sector-specific Discussion Papers regarding the Employment & Recruitment Agencies, ICT, and Oil & Gas sectors are now open for public comment. The purpose of the Discussion Papers is to both stimulate dialogue at the first round of sector-specif

After receiving numerous requests from stakeholders, the the public comment period on the three sector-specific Discussion Papers regarding the Employment & Recruitment Agencies [11 pages], ICT [16 pages] and Oil & Gas sectors [15 pages] has been extended through 15 July 2012.

The purpose of the Discussion Papers is to both stimulate dialogue at the first round of sector-specific Roundtables hosted by the European Commission in Brussels from 30 May – 1 June 2012, as well as from all interested stakeholders within this online consultation.

The Discussion Papers outline the key human rights impacts, contextual factors and process challenges raised in stakeholder consultations to date.

They do not represent fixed conclusions on the part of the Shift and IHRB Project Team, but instead highlight a number of key issues for further exploration and enquiry as part of the development of the forthcoming sector guidance that will be the final output for the project.

Stakeholders are invited to comment on one, two or all three of the papers according to their own interest and expertise. If possible, submissions should be made in English, French, German, Italian or Spanish.

The Project Team seeks feedback on each Discussion Paper by 15 July 2012 to sectorguidance@ihrb.org in response to the following questions in particular:

  • Does the Discussion Paper identify the most serious and the most likely impacts that companies in this sector may have on human rights?

  • Does the Discussion Paper identify the major challenges that companies in this sector are facing in respecting human rights?

  • Are there good practices in addressing these human rights challenges that could be built on in developing the forthcoming guidance on the corporate responsibility to respect in this sector?

  • What form should the forthcoming guidance take in order to add greatest value in advancing respect for human rights in this sector?

 

Endorsements

Respect for human rights is part of the recipe for modern business excellence. This guidance meets global standards agreed in the UN while leaving enterprises the necessary flexibility to adapt their approach to their own particular circumstances.
- Antonio Tajani, Vice-President of the European Commission, Enterprise and Industry

Business is an increasingly important player in the world of human rights. This guidance aims to help enterprises in Europe and elsewhere to meet the corporate responsibility to respect human rights, as defined by the UN and strongly endorsed by the EU.
- Stavros Lambrinidis, EU Special Representative for Human Rights

The UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights were derived, on the one hand, from universal human rights standards and, on the other, from real world experience. Human rights, like life itself, cannot be reduced to a checklist or to simple slogans. It is only through understanding and reflection that the GPs can become “simple” and applicable. These Guidance publications are designed to further that process.
- Jim Baker, Council of Global Unions

Dozens of sectoral guides and tools on how to implement the UN Guiding Principles are being produced. This is a solid indicator of the relevance and high demand for the Guiding Principles. Now users want to know whether the practical guides are actually aligned with Guiding Principles. A best practice example of such alignment are the new EC Sectoral Guidelines. They capture the essence of the Guiding Principles faithfully, they refer to the interdependence of the State, corporate and remedy pillars, and were formulated after technical research, expert consultations and multi-stakeholder dialogue processes with State, business and civil society actors from across the globe. They will no doubt be a valuable source for practitioners and affected persons alike.
- Alexandra Guáqueta, UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights

The three sector guides are comprehensive compendiums which contribute to helping companies in those sectors and beyond gain understanding of the scope of the Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights.
- Brent Wilton, International Organisation of Employers (IOE)

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