In relation to Human Rights

The relationship between trade and human rights has come under increasing scrutiny in recent years. While trade can be an engine for the economic growth needed to combat poverty and promote development, it can also threaten human rights in some situations.

The links between human rights and international investments have, over the past decade, evolved from being a niche subject of the human rights community to dominating international investment negotiations and making headline news.

This basic legal reference publication has been prepared as part of the OHCHR output on land and human rights.

Business increasingly recognises the importance of human rights. Over 5,000 companies across 130 countries are signatories to the UN Global Compact and have committed themselves to the Global Compact’s ten principles,1 including six that address human rights and labour standards

These Guiding Principles are grounded in recognition of: States’ existing obligations to respect, protect and fulfl human rights and fundamental freedoms; The role of business enterprises as specialized organs of society performing specialized functions, required to comply with all applicable laws and to respect human rights; The need for rights and obligations to be matched to appropriate and effective remedies when breached.

A growing number of companies are becoming aware of the contribution they can make to advancing human rights within their spheres of influence and the benefts such an approach can have for their businesses.

A joint publication of the United Nations Global Compact and the Offce of the High Commissioner of Human Rights.

The issue of human rights is central to good corporate citizenship and to a healthy bottom line.

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