The second pillar of the Guiding Principles provides a blueprint for businesses to prevent and address negative human rights impacts. This blueprint is made up of eight elements — click on the elements below to explore each one.
As companies implement the eight elements, they should also keep in mind these overarching concepts:
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November 2011 | Advocates for International Development
This discussion paper, produced just after the endorsement of the Guiding Principles, addresses legal professionals key responsibilities when it comes to human rights, and identifies leading practices.
June 2011 | John G. Ruggie; United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
This resource is the global authoritative standard on the business responsibility to respect human rights, unanimously endorsed by the UN Human Rights Council in 2011.
May 2011 | John G. Ruggie; UN Human Rights Council
This report summarizes the findings based on extensive research and consultation with corporate law experts in multiple jurisdictions regarding the links between corporate and securities law and human rights.
August 2009 | John F. Sherman III; Corporate Responsibility Initiative, Harvard Kennedy School
This resource summarizes key considerations for companies when creating an Integrated Conflict Management system to manage disputes with external stakeholders.
June 2009 | Mary B. Anderson and Luc Zandvliet; Greenleaf Publishing
This go-to guidance book on corporate-community relations in the extractive sector is based on nearly 10 years of field experience at 40 operational sites around the world.
November 2008 | Castan Centre for Human Rights Law at Monash University, International Business Leaders Forum, and Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
This comprehensive, baseline resource for businesses lays out what human rights are and how businesses can impact them.
April 2008 | John G. Ruggie; UN Human Rights Council
This report was submitted by John Ruggie to the UN Human Rights Council in 2008 and establishes the three-pillar framework for the Guiding Principles: protect, respect, remedy. It is not the Guiding Principles but helps to explain the rationale for them.
January 2008 | Caroline Rees, David Vermijs; Corporate Responsibility Initiative, Harvard Kennedy School
This report analyzes the existing grievance mechanisms from companies, industry groups, multistakeholder initiatives, national human rights institutions, national labor dispute systems, development banks and international institutions.