SAI & ICCO Operationalize the UN Guiding Principles
SAI & ICCO develop a handbook and toolkit to help businesses implement the UN Guiding Principles for Business & Human Rights
In November 2011, SAI and the Netherlands-based Interchurch Organisation for Development Cooperation (ICCO) launched a collaborative project to operationalize the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.
SAI, with support from ICCO, developed a handbook and training program based on the framework. The focus is on helping businesses develop and implement management systems to operationalize the Guiding Principles in their supply chain. The handbook also includes a step-by-step guide with sample documents, and advice on how companies can scale the system to their own size and level of risk.
Finalized in March 2011 by UN Special Representative John Ruggie, the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights are intended to help operationalize the UN "Protect, Respect and Remedy" Framework. To assist in this transformation from principles to practice, SAI and ICCO's handbook and training program helps companies address questions concerning interpretation, scope, and practical integration. The handbook, released July 2012, will be followed with a series training seminars in the Netherlands, Brazil and India; additional countries are expected to be included later. The training will be offered in the classroom, and also online, through SAI's Social Fingerprint® Online Training Center.
The Guiding Principles of the UN "Protect, Respect and Remedy" framework were endorsed by the UN Human Rights Council in June 2011. The framework gained further significance when it aligned with the revised OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprise in May 2011. The framework consists of three key pillars - the role of the state to protect its citizens against human right violations; the responsibility of business to respect human rights; and the importance of access to remedy for victims of human rights violations. The framework provides the much needed, critical focal point from which both public and private actors can fulfill expectations to respect the human rights of workers in company supply chains.
>>Handbook & Toolkit: The United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights; A Six-Step Approach to Supply Chain Implementation Handbook
>>Training Course: This exercise-driven two-day course will help your company utilize the Handbook & put the UN Guiding Principles into practice.
For more information and to register, contact SAI Training Manager Stephanie Wilson at SWilson@sa-intl.org.