HUMAN RIGHTS

The UN Global Compact principles on human rights asks businesses to:

 

Principle 1     support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights; and

Principle 2     make sure they are not complicit in human rights abuses.

 

The human rights section of the Global Compact Self Assessment tool  enables your company to assess its human rights performance against international standards, conventions and agreements, and provide inspiration for continuous improvement. This section should preferably be used together with the management section of the tool, which evaluates the extent to which issues covered by the UN Global Compact principles are anchored in the company strategy and integrated in decisions and management systems.

 

The human rights section covers the following topics:

 

Health and Safety (Principle 1)

      Health and safety systems

      Protective equipment and training

      Employee involvement

 

Hours, Wages and Leave (Principle 1)

     Working hours

     Wages

     Leave

     Employment status

 

Fair Treatment (Principle 1)

     Non-harassment

     Employee privacy

 

Community Impacts (Principle 1 and 2)

     Land and property

     Security arrangements

     Community engagement

 

Product Stewardship (Principle 1 and 2)

     Product stewardship

 

Country Risk (Principle 1 and 2)

     Human rights in country of operation

 

 

This section covers a broad range of human rights issues relevant to the majority of businesses. While all human rights can be impacted, positively or negatively, by business, the Global Compact Self Assessment tool does not aspire to cover the entire range of human rights issues that may apply to specific business operations. Instead the tool covers those human rights issues that the Danish Institute for Human Rights has found to be among the most relevant and challenging for businesses globally. The Danish Institute for Human Rights has also developed a more comprehensive tool, the Human Rights Compliance Assessment tool, which covers the full range of human rights in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948). Please also refer to the Global Compact guide, Human Rights Translated, for an explanation of the entire range of human rights contained in the main international human rights instruments. The UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights can serve as a valuable resource for business in understanding their responsibility to respect human rights.