Labour

For further reports & articles, see the Resource Centre’s general section on Labour.

1. Tools & guidance

2. Examples of uses

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1. Tools & guidance

"Four Human Rights Issues Every Food and Agriculture Company Needs to Understand", Peter Nestor, BSR Insight, 12 Feb 2013
"For food, beverage, and agriculture companies, labor rights are often the most well-understood..."

Cambodia: "CCHR highlights concerns about increased strikes at garment factories in 2013", Cambodian Center for Human Rights, 27 Jan 2013

Employment & recruitment agencies, Information & communication technology (ICT), Oil & gas: Development of guidance for 3 sectors - being carried out by Shift, Institute for Human Rights and Business, for European Commission.  Final guidance expected to be approved & published Feb-Apr 2013.

“Launch of Dhaka Principles for Migration with Dignity”, Institute for Human Rights and Business, 18 Dec 2012
“The Dhaka Principles provide practical guidance for employers, labour brokers and other stakeholders following the migrant worker from home to place of employment through to the end of contract.”

“Supporting Worker Empowerment - Including Support for Workers’ Assertion of their Human Rights - in the Supply Chain”, Katie Plichta, Dimitri Phillips, and other Members of the Stanford Colloquium on International Business Practices, under the direction of Stanford Prof. Chip Pitts, in collaboration with Cody Sisco and Blythe Chorn of Business for Social Responsibility and with input from the Global Compact Human Rights Working Group and Supply Chain Advisory Group, Dec 2012

"The UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and the human rights of workers to form or join trade unions and to bargain collectively", Intl. Trade Union Confederation, IndustriALL Global Union, Clean Clothes Campaign, UNI Global Union, 22 Nov 2012

"Human rights due diligence process: a practical guide to implementation for oil and gas companies", IPIECA, Nov 2012
“For the purpose of this Guide, there are four human rights areas germane to the industry: workers…“

“The factory floor guide to corporate accountability: Seeking redress for labour rights violations in global supply chains”, Oxfam, Sep 2012

"The United Nations 'Protect, Respect, Remedy' Framework for Business and Human Rights and the UN Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights - Briefing Note for Trade Unionists", Intl. Trade Union Confederation, 3 Jul 2012

For further tools & guidance, see the Resource Centre’s Tools & Guidance Portal.


2. Examples of uses

“Why human rights matter: a resource guide for integrating human rights into Communities and Social Performance work at Rio Tinto Rio Tinto”, in partnership with Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining (CSRM), Sustainable Minerals Institute at The University of Queensland, Jan 2013
See case studies 6 and 10.

”Diplomatic note” refers to US initiatives to eradicate child & forced labour, Permanent Mission of the USA to the UN in Geneva, 5 Dec 2012

“Private employment services’ commitment to human rights expressed at UN Forum”, International Confederation of Private Employment Agencies, Dec 2012

“Assessing human rights impacts – Kenya Pilot Project Report”, Kuoni Travel, Nov 2012
“The focus issues for corporate responsibility within the Kuoni Group [include] labour rights.”

“Global March Against Child Labour’s Submission to the United Nations (UN) Working Group on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises”, Global March Against Child Labour, 14 Nov 2012

“Session Summary: Recognizing the Risks: Modern-Day Slavery and Human Trafficking in the Supply Chain”, 2012 BSR Conference, Oct 2012

"TUC position paper: UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights", TUC (Trades Union Congress),Oct 2012

“Migrant Workers and Health—The Role of Business”, BSR, 16 Jan 2012

"Out of focus: Labour rights in Vietnam's digital camera factories", Swedwatch & SOMO, Nov 2011
Asks what due diligence processes electronics companies should have in place to comply with OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises and UN Guiding Principles.

“Business and Human Rights from the Decent Work Perspective – Landmark” (Brazil), Ethos Institute – Business and Social Responsibility, Nov 2011

“Human Rights and Responsible Business Practices: Frequently Asked Questions”, adidas Group, Jul 2011
References policies and processes relating to labour rights.

“Global Agreements and Protect, Respect, Remedy”, Jim Baker, Council of Global Unions in International Centre for Trade Union Rights, 2011
“The Protect, Respect, Remedy Framework…is a very useful reference for global agreements.”

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11 February 2013

Four Human Rights Issues Every Food and Agriculture Company Needs to Understand

Author: Peter Nestor, BSR Insight

When the United Nations endorsed the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights...businesses in nearly every industry took a more serious look at their human rights impacts. For food, beverage, and agriculture companies, labor rights are often...

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27 January 2013

[PDF] CCHR highlights concerns about increased strikes at garment factories in 2013

Author: Cambodian Center for Human Rights

The Cambodian Center for Human Rights [CCHR] is concerned by reports...that about 10,000 workers have been in an ongoing strike against seven or eight factories since the beginning of 2013 to demand an increase in the minimum wage and improvement in...

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1 January 2013

Why human rights matter: a resource guide for integrating human rights into Communities and Social Performance work at Rio Tinto

Author: Rio Tinto, in partnership with Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining (CSRM), Sustainable Minerals Institute at The University of Queensland

We know that our decisions and actions, whether inadvertent or deliberate, can result in adverse human impacts. We also recognise that respecting human rights is a continual process which we will always strive to improve. We are determined to be...

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18 December 2012

[DOC] Press release: For immediate release - Launch of Dhaka Principles for Migration with Dignity

Author: Institute for Human Rights and Business

Today, International Migrants Day, the Institute for Human Rights and Business is launching the Dhaka Principles for Migration with Dignity. These provide an accessible and authoritative central reference point for responsible business in relation to...

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5 December 2012

[PDF] Diplomatic note

Author: Permanent Mission of the Unites States of America to the UN in Geneva

This Note is...in response to the...questionnaire from the Working Group, soliciting information on State practices in the sphere of business and human rights...The US government is committed to the GPs, as evidenced...through the integration of human...

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1 December 2012

Private employment services' commitment to human rights expressed at UN forum

Author: International Confederation of Private Employment Agencies

The first pillar of the guiding principles on business and human rights is for Governments to protect human rights. Therefore, Ciett calls on governments to implement a regulatory environment that enables employment and recruitment businesses to...

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1 December 2012

[PDF] Supporting Worker Empowerment - Including Support for Workers’ Assertion of their Human Rights - in the Supply Chain

Author: Katie Plichta, Dimitri Phillips, and other Members of the Stanford Colloquium on International Business Practices, under the direction of Stanford Prof. Chip Pitts, in collaboration with Cody Sisco and Blythe Chorn of Business for Social Responsibility and with input from the Global Compact Human Rights Working Group and Supply Chain Advisory Group.

This Note is focused on what businesses can do to better support workers in their supply chain, including through supporting workers’ assertion of their human rights. As such, it is relevant to both the corporate responsibility to respect human rights...

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22 November 2012

[PDF] The UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and the human rights of workers to form or join trade unions and to bargain collectively

Author: Intl. Trade Union Confederation (ITUC CSI IGB), IndustriALL Global Union, Clean Clothes Campaign, UNI Global Union

The right to join or form a trade union and the right to bargain collectively are established human rights falling within the scope of almost every business enterprise in almost every situation or context...Business responsibility with respect to...

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14 November 2012

[PDF] Global March Against Child Labour’s Submission to the United Nations (UN) Working Group on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises

Author: Global March Against Child Labour

...[I]t is imperative that any policy document/guideline/framework on business and child rights/human rights addresses this aspect of violations in the lowest and informal levels of the supply chains. The UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human...

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1 November 2012

[PDF] Human rights due diligence process: a practical guide to implementation for oil and gas companies

Author: IPIECA (Global oil and gas industry association for environmental & social issues)

The purpose of this guide is to assist oil and gas companies in implementing a due diligence process for human rights. This can be an essential part of a company’s overall risk management strategy, especially in countries where human rights issues may...

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