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Explaining the company's efforts

Communicate

The fourth step of human rights due diligence is communicating about the company’s efforts to prevent and address human rights risks. This means that the company should be prepared to demonstrate the effectiveness of its efforts in practice. There will be a range of audiences for the company to consider, ranging from affected stakeholders to shareholders and investors, to human rights experts to governments and others who are interested in or concerned about the company’s human rights performance. Companies whose operations or business relationships involve severe human rights risks should report formally on their efforts.

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Pointing the Way Forwards on Non-Financial Reporting

April 2014 | Caroline Rees

The adoption of the EU law on non-financial reporting is a potentially pivotal moment for the advancement of responsible business conduct.

State of Play of Corporate Human Rights Reporting Initiatives 2013

November 2013 | Shift

This resource reviews regulatory and stock engage requirements on corporate reporting that reference human rights. The research took place in 2013 – since that time, a number of corporate reporting requirements have been developed or amended.

Human Rights and Corporate Law: Trends and Observations From a Cross-National Study Conducted by the Special Representative

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.

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