United Nations Guiding Principles on
Business and Human Rights

In June 2011, the United Nations adopted the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. One of the tenets of the principles is that businesses need to respect human rights in their company and in their supply chains. But what does this mean and how is it accomplished? 

SAI’s training on the UN Guiding Principles addresses these questions with sections on:

  • Content, scope and implications of the Guiding Principles
  • How companies can meet their responsibility to respect human rights
  • Distinguishing whether a company has caused, contributed to, or is linked to adverse human rights impacts, and what actions are needed by the company as a response
  • Avoiding adverse impacts in the supply chain through collaborative approaches and mutual buyer–supplier responsibility
  • Key human rights risks and how to prioritize among them
  • The business case for human rights

Additionally the course introduces a six-step method on how to implement a supply chain management system that integrates the respect for human rights. The six steps are: 

  • Committing to a human rights policy
  • Assessing human rights impact
  • Integrating human rights in policies, procedures, and responsibilities
  • Tracking human rights implementation
  • Communicating human rights impact
  • Remediating human rights impact

Course materials

The course utilizes the publication United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights: A Six-Step Approach to Supply Chain Implementation published by Social Accountability International and the Interchurch Organization for Development Cooperation (ICCO).

Target Participants

The training is applicable to companies of any industry and size. It is designed for use by senior management as well as professionals in the human resources, corporate social responsibility, compliance, and sourcing departments. The training is also intended for corporate social responsibility experts and consultants, who train or advise companies as well as for NGO, trade union and government representatives to learn about the implications of the UN Guiding Principles for their work.

Previous Participants

Amnesty International | Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI) | ECCO Shoes | Fairtrade International | H&M | HP | Hugo Boss | ISEAL Alliance | Nestle UK | Netherlands Development Finance Company (FMO) | Oxfam | PricewaterhouseCoopers | Solidaridad | Statoil | 
Svenska Kullagerfabriken AB | TATA Steel | The Body Shop | The European Investment Bank | 
The WalDisney Company | The Walt University of Dundee

No UNGP course sessions are scheduled at this time – information on upcoming sessions will be published on this page.