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Draft Guidance Consultation (Dec. 2012 – Feb. 2013) - Now Closed

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

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

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Comments were requested to be sent to sectorguidance@ihrb.orgwith a subject line of “O&G Draft Guidance Feedback” by the closing date of Friday 1st February 2013.

Read all submissions received to the O&G Draft Guidance.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 Communications Technology (ICT) sector guidance was posted for public consultation on 14 December 2012

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Comments were requested to be sent to sectorguidance@ihrb.org with a subject line of “ICT Draft Guidance Feedback” by the closing date of Wednesday 13th February 2013.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

Download the Employment and Recruitment Agencies Sector Guidance

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 sectorguidance@ihrb.org 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.

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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