The UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights are the authoritative global standard on business and human rights, unanimously endorsed by the UN Human Rights Council in 2011. The 31 principles set expectations of states and companies about how to prevent and address negative impacts on human rights by business. The Guiding Principles apply to all states and all businesses worldwide and today are being implemented by companies, governments and their stakeholders on every continent.
The Guiding Principles are at the heart of who we are, and at the core of everything we do. We played an instrumental role in WRITING THEM and are internationally renowned as the leading center of expertise on putting them into practice.
Our work with businesses, standard setters, financial institutions, civil society and other key stakeholders is aimed at advancing their implementation, ensuring their accurate interpretation and exploring the frontiers of new thinking that results from their adoption across new industries, sectors and geographies.
Our Partners and Allies
Our work to interpret and implement the UN Guiding Principles has different forms in a wide variety of contexts. We work with many stakeholders in this collective mission.
Financial Institutions & Investors
To help them fulfill their own responsibilities and to use their leverage to incentivize and reward respect for human rights across their portfolios
Civil Society Organizations
To use our combined expertise to advance business respect for human rights in specific spaces, sectors, industries or activities