Human Rights Guides for Three Sectors:

In June 2013, the European Commission issued three Guides on implementing the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights for Employment & Recruitment agencies, Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) companies and Oil & Gas companies, written by IHRB and Shift.

What the Guides Do:

Each Guide offers practical advice on how to implement the corporate responsibility to respect human rights in day-to-day business operations in each industry through step-by-step guidance. At each step, they summarise what the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights expect, offer a range of approaches and examples for how to put them into practice, and link users to additional resources that can support their work. They are intended to help companies “translate” respect for human rights into their own systems and cultures.

How the Guides were Developed:

The Guides were developed over the past 18 months by IHRB and Shift through extensive research and multistakeholder consultation with representatives from the three industries as well as governments, trade unions, civil society, academia and other experts.

 

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The growth of agency employment is one of the biggest challenges facing the world of work today. Employment agencies operate in almost every sector of our global economy and have an expansive reach. The UN Guiding Principles make clear that both the agencies and user enterprises have responsibility to avoid the adverse impacts which potentially arise through this “triangular” relationship. This Guide provides concrete advice to help sort through these responsibilities, identify high risk situations and take concrete, proactive steps to avoid problems.
– Christy Hoffman, UNI Global Union
We welcome the EC guide as a useful tool for all companies in the recruitment and placement industry, especially for SME’s, which are numerous in our sector. It supports Eurociett’s long-standing efforts to prevent abuses, improve governance and transparency, contributing to a more level playing field for well regulated agency work. The guide may be used to implement best practices from the EU to emerging markets.
– Annemarie Muntz, Eurociett
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Many of the problems faced by workers in global electronics production result from the complexity of supply chain relationships which makes it easier for companies to avoid responsibility for a range of adverse impacts including excessive working hours, denial of trade union rights and exposure to toxic chemicals. The UN Guiding Principles make it clear where responsibility lies and this Guide will help companies in the ICT sector understand what their obligations are and what concrete steps they must take to address adverse impacts in their supply chains.
– Jenny Holdcroft,
IndustriALL Global Union
GeSI welcomes the EU Guidance on the Implementation of the UN Guiding Principles for the ICT sector. The Guidance will be an extremely valuable tool to assist companies in our industry to assess human rights along the value chain and align business practices with the UN Principles on Business and Human Rights.
– Luis Neves,
Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI)
Recent events have put the human rights obligations of ICT companies in the spotlight to an unprecedented degree. The European Commission sector guidance on the corporate responsibility to respect human rights is a valuable contribution to this emerging field that complements the Global Network Initiative’s specific focus on freedom of expression and privacy rights in the ICT sector.
– Susan Morgan,
Global Network Initiative (GNI)
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The consultation process during the development of the EC Guide for the oil and gas sector proved to be a convincing demonstration that businesses, NGOs and other stakeholders have strong opportunities to work together for building ways towards implementation of human rights standards. Sakhalin Energy had a good opportunity to contribute to this process by sharing our experience and is proud to be part of those businesses which put the Guiding Principles into a practical field.
– Oleg Sapozhnikov,
Sakhalin Energy Investment Company Ltd.
The European Commission has made an important step ahead on the road towards universal respect for human rights. Consultations with business, experts, and NGOs has resulted in a balanced and authoritative document. The next challenge for the Commission is to ensure that it will actually guide the European business community in their day-to-day decision making.
– Egbert Wesselink, IKV Pax Christi

 

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