International standards on business and human rights

United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights © OHCHR United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights
This publication contains the "Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights: Implementing the United Nations ‘Protect, Respect and Remedy’ Framework," which were developed by the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises (SRSG). The Human Rights Council unanimously endorsed the Guiding Principles in its resolution 17/4 of 16 June 2011.

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Cover: Principles for Responsible Contracts © OHCHR Principles for Responsible Contracts
This publication contains the “Principles for Responsible Contracts: Integrating the Management of Human Rights Risks into State-investor Contract Negotiations - Guidance for Negotiators.” The Principles for Responsible Contracts were submitted by the SRSG as an addendum to the Guiding Principles and should be read in conjunction with them.

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Cover: Standards of Conduct for Business on Tackling Discrimination against Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Trans, & Intersex People © OHCHR Standards of Conduct for Business on Tackling Discrimination against Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Trans, & Intersex People
The Standards of Conduct for Business on Tackling Discrimination against LGBTI people provide specific guidance on how companies can align their policies and practices in the workplace, marketplace and communities in which they do business, with international standards on the human rights of LGBTI people.


Cover: ILO Tripartite Declaration of Principles  concerning Multinational Enterprises and Social Policy (MNE Declaration) © ILO ILO Tripartite Declaration of Principles concerning Multinational Enterprises and Social Policy (MNE Declaration)
The Tripartite declaration of principles concerning multinational enterprises and social policy is the ILO instrument that provides direct guidance to enterprises on social policy and inclusive, responsible and sustainable workplace practices. The aim of this Declaration is to encourage the positive contribution which multinational enterprises can make to economic and social progress and the realization of decent work for all; and to minimize and resolve the difficulties to which their various operations may give rise.

Cover: OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises © OECD OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises
The OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises are recommendations addressed by governments to multinational enterprises operating in or from adhering countries. They provide non-binding principles and standards for responsible business conduct in a global context consistent with applicable laws and internationally recognised standards.


Cover: The Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact © UN Global Compact The Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact
Derived from core United Nations conventions and declarations, the Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact are recognized and endorsed in numerous intergovernmental resolutions and outcome documents. They cover four areas: (1) human rights, (2) labour, (3) environment, and (4) anti-corruption.

Internationally recognized human rights

As noted in the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, the responsibility of business enterprises to respect human rights refers to internationally recognized human rights – understood, at a minimum, as those expressed in the:

Depending on circumstances, business enterprises may need to consider additional standards, such as those found in: