How Companies Can Implement the UN Guiding Principles for Business & Human Rights

Two-day training event demonstrates how companies can transform principles to practice

There are no UNGP course sessions scheduled at this time. Information on potential upcoming sessions will be published on the Training Schedule page.

June 2011, the UN adopted the UN Guiding Principles on Business & Human Rights, written by UN Special Representative John Ruggie. 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?

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

  1. Committing to a human rights policy
  2. Assessing human rights impact
  3. Integrating human rights in policies, procedures and responsibilities
  4. Tracking human rights implementation
  5. Communicating human rights impact
  6. Remediating human rights impact

All attendees will receive a complimentary copy of the Handbook & Toolkit as well as a certificate of attendance.

Participant Feedback:
"Tata Steel works with the SA8000 in upholding labor and human rights principles. We seek to expand the Management Review for SA8000 to include the human rights context going beyond the workplace. Attending the course was a step in the direction of structuring approaches to develop an integrated framework for salient risks." 
- Priyadarshini Sharma, Senior Manager, Office of the Vice President, Corporate Services, Tata Steel, who attended the course in Bangalore in November 2012. 

Companies and NGO's Represented by Past Participants: Hewlett Packard, H & M, Amnesty International, PricewaterhouseCoopers, The European Investment Bank, Fairtrade International, University of Dundee, Solidaridad, Oxfam, The Walt Disney Company, TATA Steel, Hugo Boss, The Body Shop, Nestle UK, BSCI, ISEAL Alliance, FMO, Statoil, AB SKF, ECCO shoes

Expected 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 CSR 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 Guiding Principles for their work.

Trainers: The Utrecht training will be carried out by SAI Trainer Edwin Koster. Mr. Koster heads Max Value, SAI's Authorized Representative office in Europe. He has broad experience in sustainable supply chain management and is the co-author of the Handbook and Toolkit used in the Training.  

This course in the Netherlands is co-organized by SAI and ICCO. The course in Denmark is co-organized by SAI and DEIH (Danish Ethical Trading Initiative). Members of SAI and DIEH can recieve a 20% discount.

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