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Business activities that do not respect human rights undermine sustainable development

November 16, 2015

Business activities that do not respect human rights undermine sustainable development

Geneva, November 16 2015 – On the opening day of the fourth edition of the United Nations Forum on Business and Human Rights, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) underscored its commitment to scaling up business action in support of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs).

The UNGPs, launched in 2011, establish an authoritative global standard on the respective roles of businesses and governments in helping ensure that companies respect human rights in their own operations and through their business relationships.

Speaking on behalf of the WBCSD, Filippo Veglio, Director of the Social Impact Cluster, underscored the fact that ”meeting basic needs and respecting human rights” has been identified as one of nine key priority areas within the WBCSD’s Action2020 platform. The latter, launched in late 2013, is a science-based action plan engaging companies to implement innovative and scalable business solutions and improve the business case for sustainability. He explained that the focus of the Council’s work lies on identifying solutions to operationalizing the UN Guiding Principles, with the aim of considerably increasing the number of companies knowing and showing that they respect human rights.

Read more at WBCSD.

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