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European Commission policy and actions on human rights and business Berlin, February 20, 2013.

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1 European Commission policy and actions on human rights and business Berlin, February 20, 2013

2 A modern understanding of corporate social responsibility New definition: "The responsibility of enterprises for their impacts on society" Positive and negative impacts All enterprises have impacts, all have a social responsibility

3 Internationally recognised CSR guidelines and principles The core five: OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises UN Global Compact ISO Guidance standard on social responsibility ILO Tri-partite Declaration of Principles Concerning Multinational Enterprises and Social Policy UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights

4 What's different about the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights? Adverse impacts only (New) terms and concepts: adverse impacts, due diligence, leverage, remedy, etc. Global and government endorsed Enterprises and states An expected standard of conduct for all

5 Sector-specific guidance Three sectors: employment and recruitment agencies, ICT/telecommunications, oil and gas Output: non-legally binding guidance that is practically useful to companies Geographical scope: take account of EU specificities, but make as globally relevant as possible Timeline: final guidance end April/early May 2013 Shift, and Institute for Human Rights and Business

6 SMEs and human rights Outputs: introductory guide, case studies, video English version published December 2012; other language versions soon Geographical scope: European small and medium-sized enterprises Global CSR and Bernard Brunhes International

7 National Action Plans and report on EU priorities EU report to be written from perspective of pillar one (state duty to protect) and pillar three (access to remedy) Within pillars 1 and 3, need to consider all principles The relevance of principle 10 for EU Member States: membership of multilateral institutions Global leadership, expectation and responsibility

8 Some final comments Huge challenge for enterprises and states: were only at the start Cooperation and dialogue critical


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