GeSI Good Practice Guide on Remedy Human Rights Impacts
Responding to the UN Guiding Principles Expectations to Remedy Human Rights Impacts
The UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs) are a set of 31 principles that clarify the duties and responsibilities of companies to protect and respect human rights and to ensure access to effective remedy for individuals and groups whose rights are affected by a company’s activities. The UNGPs fit under the rights defined by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). The UNGPs encompass three pillars outlining how states and businesses should implement the framework:
In summary, the UNGPs expect companies to:
• Define a comprehensive, organization-wide human rights policy, communicate the policy publicly and make a public commitment to support and respect human rights and embrace the UNGPs (while acknowledging other relevant human rights conventions and frameworks);
There are no formal criteria that determine whether a company is in compliance with the UNGPs or not. Currently, there is an open field for a variety of stakeholders to set expectations and guidelines for adoption.
This Good Practice Guide presents a synthesis view from respected human rights and corporate responsibility (CR) organizations and thought-leaders, as well as from ICT and other companies. This Good Practice Guide is suggestive. It is meant to be a supportive resource for GeSI Members, but Members should not view it as a standard or requirement. Following the practices outlined in
this document may increase the likelihood that stakeholders will see a GeSI Member as in compliance with the UNGPs. However, it does not guarantee this outcome.