UN Guiding Principle 16 - Policy Commitment

UN Guiding Principle 16 - Policy Commitment

In 2011 the UN Human Rights Council endorsed the "Guiding Principles on Business & Human Rights".  Principle 16 on company human rights policies is below.  The full text of the Principles is here [PDF].  For a running list of company human rights policies and further guidance about them click here.

Policy commitment

16. As the basis for embedding their responsibility to respect human rights, business enterprises should express their commitment to meet this responsibility through a statement of policy that:

(a) Is approved at the most senior level of the business enterprise;

(b) Is informed by relevant internal and/or external expertise;

(c) Stipulates the enterprise’s human rights expectations of personnel, business partners and other parties directly linked to its operations, products or services;

(d) Is publicly available and communicated internally and externally to all personnel, business partners and other relevant parties;

(e) Is reflected in operational policies and procedures necessary to embed it throughout the business enterprise.

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