Additional Resources: Corporate Responsibility
Section 1: Organizations
The Business & Human Rights Resource Centre is an independent, international, non-profit organisation, in a collaborative partnership with Amnesty International sections and leading academic institutions which aims to promote greater awareness and informed discussion of important issues relating to business and human rights.
Business for Social Responsibility (BSR) is a membership organization for companies seeking to sustain their commercial success in ways that demonstrate respect for ethical values, people, communities, and the environment.
The Business Leaders Initiative on Human Rights (BLIHR) is a programme to help lead and develop the corporate response to human rights. It is a business-led programme with 11 corporate members. Its principal purpose is to find "practical ways of applying the aspirations of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights within a business context and to inspire other businesses to do likewise".
The FLA is an independent monitoring organization that holds its participating manufacturing companies accountable for the conditions under which their products are produced. It aims to advance fair, decent, and humane working conditions by enforcing an industry-wide Workplace Code of Conduct, which is based on the core labor standards of the International Labour Organization (ILO).
GRI is an independent, non-profit institution whose vision is that reporting on economic, environmental, and social performance by all organizations becomes as routine and comparable as financial reporting. GRI is continuously developing, improving and building capacity around the use of a Sustainability Reporting Framework which nearly 1,000 organizations in over 60 countries have used to date as the basis for their reporting.
Global Witness (GW) is a non-governmental investigative organisation working to expose the link between natural resource exploitation and human rights abuses. GW operates in areas where environmentally destructive trade is funding conflict or human rights violations. GW collects the evidence and uses it to achieve long-term change. Global Witness believes that in many cases, the environment is linked to the seemingly separate issues of poverty, conflict and human rights.
The Human Rights & Business Project of the Danish Institute for Human Rights strives to combine the expertise of the human rights research community with the experience of business in order to develop concrete achievable human rights standards for companies, and to help companies live up to those standards in practice through training and advisory services.
IBLF is an international, business-led, not-for-profit membership organisation focused on responsible business and development. The IBLF has initiatives in over 50 countries, including many least-developed and emerging countries.
The Institute for Human Rights and Business (IHRB) is dedicated to being a global centre of excellence and expertise on the relationship between business and internationally proclaimed human rights standards.
It works to raise corporate standards and strengthen public policy to ensure that the activities of companies do not contribute to human rights abuses, and in fact lead to positive outcomes.
Social Accountability International (SAI)???s mission is to promote human rights for workers around the world. SAI is best known for SA8000 ??? a comprehensive and flexible system for managing ethical workplace conditions throughout global supply chains.
SAI works with companies, consumer groups, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), workers and trade unions, local governments ??? as well as a network of agencies accredited for SA8000 auditing, to help ensure that workers of the world are treated according to basic human rights principles.
The UN Global Impact is an international initiative, with the engagement of many hundreds of companies from all regions of the world, which seeks to promote responsible corporate citizenship so that business can be part of the solution to the challenges of globalisation.
WBCSD is a coalition of 190 international companies united by a shared commitment to sustainable development via the three pillars of economic growth, ecological balance and social progress.
The WBCSD was created in 1995 in a merger of the Business Council for Sustainable Development and the World Industry Council for the Environment and is based in Geneva, Switzerland.
Section 2: Reports
Responding to the invitation by the Human Rights Council for the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises to submit his views and recommendations for its consideration, this report presents a conceptual and policy framework to anchor the business and human rights debate, and to help guide all relevant actors.