Human Rights 


Creating inclusive workplaces for LGBT in India: A Resource Guide for Employers India 2012

IBM, Goldman Sachs, Google and Community Business. Market: India, Year: 2012

The publication highlights the business case for addressing the needs of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) employees and provides the cultural and legal context for LGBT issues in India. As a practical resource, it also provides a set of recommendations on what companies can do to create inclusive workplaces for LGBT employees and includes a number of examples of good practice.


Know your rights: Racial discrimination and vilification

Australian Human rights Commission. Market: Australia, Year: 2012

This guide will provide insight into definitions and examples of discrimination and indirect discrimination. It addresses discrimination and harassment in the workplace and much more.


Principles to promote and protect the human rights of international students

Australian Human rights Commission. Market: Australia, Year: 2012

The implementation of these high-level, human rights-based Principles enhance the safety and well-being of international students in Australia. This guide encourages all those working with international students to consider how the principles can be effectively adopted and implemented in the ongoing development of policies and services relating to international students.

How to do Business with Respect for Human Rights

Market: Global, Year: 2010

This publication builds on the Protect, Respect and Remedy framework of the UN Special Representative for Business and Human Rights (SRSG). The descriptions, learning and guidance points collected in this guidance are based on the experience of ten multinational companies of the Global Compact Network Netherlands and are intended to help companies implement a commitment to respect human rights in line with the framework of the SRSG.



Guide to Human Rights Impact Assessment and Management

Market: Global, Year: 2010

This interactive online tool – revised from the Road-Testing Draft 2007 – is designed to provide companies with guidance on how to assess and manage human rights risks and impacts of their business activities. While the Guide may benefit different types of organizations, companies are the main and intended audience of the Guide to HRIAM. The Guide to HRIAM can be accessed free of charge, following registration.

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Human Trafficking and Business: Good Practices to Prevent and Combat Human Trafficking

Market: Global, Year: 2010

Guides business on how to avoid being implicated in human trafficking through the use of their products, services or facilities, as well as how to make a positive contribution.



Human Rights and Business Learning Tool

Market: Global, Year: 2010

An interactive web-based platform for enhancing knowledge regarding implementation of human rights principles.

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Human Rights Issue Brief

Market: Global, Year: 2010

The briefing note sets out the generally accepted scope of human rights and its link to the responsible business agenda; human rights in the workplace and wider supply chain; consumers and human rights; examples of corporate good practice; and finally looks at the future direction of business and human rights.




Guide on How to Develop a Human Rights Policy

Market: Global, Year: 2010

Provides instruction on how businesses can develop and implement a human rights policy within their companies.


United Nations on Human Rights

Market: Global, Year: 2010

Human rights declarations and treaties and also the Norms on the Responsibilities of Transnational Corporations and Other Business Enterprises with Regard to Human Rights

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Business and human rights: Towards operationalising the “Protect, Respect and Remedy” Framework”

Market: Global, Year: 2009

This report recapitulates the key features of the “protect, respect and remedy” framework

and outlines the strategic directions of the Special Representative’s work streams to date in

operationalizing the framework.



Oxfam Transparency Report II: Have Hong Kong Garment Companies Improved Their Reporting on Labour Standards?

Market: Hong Kong, Year: 2009

This paper is based on research undertaken by CSR Asia, with Dr. Stephen Frost and Ms. Catherine Walter as the researchers. This second Transparency Report revisits the issue of transparency in Hong Kong garment sector supply chain operations and seeks to provide an updated view of the overall performance, key developments and some of the key issues facing Hong Kong companies in this critical area. We hope that this report will encourage more Hong Kong garment companies to come forth and share in our efforts to improve labour standards, corporate transparency and simultaneously the reputation and competitiveness of Hong Kong companies.



Protect, Respect and Remedy: a Framework for Business and Human Rights

Market: Global, Year: 2008

This report presents a conceptual and policy framework to anchor the business and human rights debate, and to help guide all relevant actors. The framework comprises three core principles: the State duty to protect against human rights abuses by third parties, including business; the corporate responsibility to respect human rights; and the need for more effective access to remedies. The three principles form a complementary whole in that each supports the others in achieving sustainable progress



Corporations and Human Rights: A Survey of the Scope and Patterns of Alleged Corporate-Related Human Rights Abuse

Market: US, Year: 2008

This report summarizes the scope and patterns of alleged corporate-related human rights abuse found in a sample of 320 cases posted on the Business and Human Rights Resources Center webpage from February 2005 – December 2007. An initial coding of cases showed that all industry sectors were alleged to impact human rights and impacts were alleged to occur in all regions.



Human Rights Companies and the Law

Market: The UK, Year: 2008

Commentary by Michael Smyth Partner and Head of Public Policy at Clifford Chance LLP prepared for the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre



Human Rights Translated: A Business Reference Guide

Market: Global, Year: 2008

This guide to human rights explains concepts in the language of business providing examples and suggested practical actions. It is a joint publication by Castan Centre for Human Rights Law, the International Business Leaders Forum, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, and the UN Global Compact Office.



Subsidizing Sweatshops – How our tax dollars fund the race to the bottom, and what cities and states can do

Market: US, Year: 2008

Subsidizing Sweatshops reveals severe human rights violations in factories that make public employee uniforms for the federal government, states, and local governments.

The report shows how governments inadvertently use tax dollars to increase the downward pressure on labor rights, wages, and working conditions.



On the Margins of Profit – Rights at Risk in the Global Economy

Market: US, Year: 2008

Business activity around the world has a profound effect on people’s lives and livelihoods, but international debates about business conduct frequently neglect to fully consider the many ways that businesses can advance or impede the enjoyment of human rights.



Worklife balance in Hong Kong: Survey results

Market: Hong Kong, Year: 2008

This report, based on a survey of 1,027 employees in Hong Kong, reveals the general improvement in work-life balance of Hong Kong employees compared with our same study done in 2004. It contains the results of a questionnaire-based survey distributed in cooperation with Hong Kong employers.



From Label to Liable: Scams, Scandals and Secrecy

Market: Australia, Year: 2007

From Label to Liable is intended to lift the veil on animal-derived food product labelling. It reveals that millions of animals across Australia are raised in factory farms, in cages of steel and cement, to satisfy the demands of consumers who are mostly unaware of the pain and suffering behind their food choices.



Doing business with the poor – Learning journeys of leading companies

on the road to sustainable livelihoods business

Market: Global, Year: 2005

Nearly two thirds of the planet’s people are poor. Most companies are serving at best one third of the world population and are fiercely competing over saturated markets. Yet many corporate managers now realize that stepping up their company’s presence in developing countries will be crucial to their long-term competitiveness and success.



Treating People as People – Human rights

Market: The UK, Year: 2000

The link between human rights and UK companies goes further than obeying the law. Companies need to consider not only how they treat their own employees and the communities around them but how their suppliers treat their employees and how they relate to authorities. Unlike the areas addressed in other chapters of this report, human rights is a relatively new discipline for business as a whole.