Business and Human Rights

Historically, human rights have been regarded as a matter for governments with the involvement of companies being limit to complying with domestic laws where they operate.

Our 2014 Insight paper on human rights and business sets out three of the challenges that business face in respecting human rights: ensuring human rights are relevant, getting beyond a policy statement, and measuring progress. It also reflects on how far business has come on meeting its responsibilities to respect human rights. 

BITC's International Tourism Partnership works with its members to drive awareness and responsible action on human trafficking including the development of an industry position statement, incorporating human trafficking survivors in Youth Career Initiative and providing ongoing resources and research. In time for Human Rights Day 2014, ITP released its Know How Guide to Human Rights and the Hotel Industry.

A briefing note published in 2012 sets out: the generally accepted scope of human rights, the expectations of business as set out in the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and the business imperative for addressing these issues. It also considers issues such as human rights in the workplace and wider supply chain; consumers and human rights; migrant workers and oppressive regimes.

In May 2015, the UK government passed The Modern Slavery Act, requiring and enabling businesses to address the ways in which they can help stop slavery, forced servitude and human trafficking. Business in the Community have produced an Insight Paper summarising the impact the act will have on business in UK and around the world. Read the The Modern Slavery Act 2015: Insight Paper here.


The Modern Slavery Act 2015: Insight Paper

Business and Human Rights Workshop

Hitachi adopts Human Rights policy

UK launch of Human Rights Action Plan

For more information contact:

Sue Adkins, International Director

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