Human rights are relevant to all businesses irrespective of their size, sector, location or scope. The private sector is so diverse and broad in its reach that it can impact on the full spectrum of human rights: from the right of life and freedom of expression, to the right to education and the right to water.
The UN Guiding Principles (UNGP), set out the responsibilities of governments and business in relation to human rights. These principles are a significant step in establishing what is expected of business and what steps should be taken to ensure companies are acting responsibly.
Our experience from speaking to BITC member companies is that while larger and multinational businesses are aware of the UNGP, they often find it challenging to operationalise these principles within their business. More support is also needed to support small and medium sized businesses to undertake this journey.