Supply chain

For further reports & articles, see the Resource Centre’s general section on Supply chain

1. Tools & guidance
2. Examples of uses

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1. Tools & guidance

"Applying the Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights in the Fight Against Human Trafficking", Clare Titcomb, Finance against Trafficking (UK), 2014

U.S. Government Approach on Business and Human Rights, US Department of State, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights & Labor, 1 May 2013
See Section VI

"Respecting Human Rights Through Global Supply Chains", Shift, Jan 2013

“Community Engagement and Investment to Advance Human Rights in Supply Chains”, Dimitri Phillips, Katie Plichta, and other Members of the Stanford Colloquium on International Business Practices, in collaboration with Cody Sisco and Blythe Chorn of Business for Social Responsibility, for UN Global Compact Human Rights Working Group, Dec 2012

“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

“State of Play: The Corporate Responsibility to Respect Human Rights in Business Relationships”, Institute for Human Rights and Business & Global Business Initiative on Human Rights, 3 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
“The responsibility of business enterprises under the Guiding Principles extends to the adverse human rights impacts with which they are involved wherever these impacts occur. This means business enterprises have responsibilities with respect to the workers in their supply chain that they must address.”

“SRPP Guide: Ensuring socially responsible public procurement”, Norwegian Agency for Public Management & eGovernment, 14 Nov 2012

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

”Respecting Human Rights Through Global Supply Chain”, Shift, report of workshop 18-19 Oct 2012

"Implementing the UN Guiding Principles in your Supply Chain: Handbook & Toolkit", Social Accountability Intl., Jul 2012

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


2. Examples of uses

"Why the IOC’s Choice of Sochi Violates UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights"
Michael Kourabas, Triple Pundit (USA), 10 Feb 2014
Includes IOC response & comments by Michael Kourabas

Vietnam: "Oxfam report finds Unilever practices in Vietnam wanting - Unilever allowed Oxfam's researchers into its factory, commits to improve", Feb 2013

“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 section 2.3.4 ”Procurement – human rights risks in the supply chain”
- “Why human rights matter: Background reader”, Danish Institute for Human Rights, Jan 2013
see section 3.5 on “Human rights and Indigenous peoples”

”Diplomatic note” refers to US initiatives related to human rights abuse in supply chains, Permanent Mission of the USA to the UN in Geneva, 5 Dec 2012

“Fighting trafficking is everyone’s business – corporations must strive for trafficking-free supply chains”, Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights, 14 Nov 2012

“Business and Human Rights”, UK Trade & Investment, 29 Oct 2012
“Actions companies could take to ensure they are not having a negative impact on human rights could include:…Ensuring effective monitoring and auditing processes within company and supply chain processes.”

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

“Contractual Control and Labour-Related CSR Norms in the Supply Chain: Dutch Best Practices”, Louise Vytopil, Utrecht Law Review, Jan 2012

“Ford drives human rights reporting”, Global Reporting Initiative, 6 Sep 2011
“Ford assess the importance of human rights for their organization and how this affects their partners in the supply chain.”

 

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