Equality and Human Rights Commission publishes human rights guidance for boards

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03 Jun, 2016

The Equality and Human Rights Commission, Great Britain’s national equality body, has published 'Business and human rights: A five-step guide for company boards'. This short guide aims to help board directors understand what they need to do to ‘know’ and ‘show’ that their company respects human rights in practice.

The guide sets out five steps for boards of British companies to follow to ensure that their company:

  1. embeds the responsibility to respect human rights into its culture, knowledge and practices;
  2. identifies and understands its salient, or most severe, risks to human rights;
  3. systematically addresses its salient, or most severe, risks to human rights and provides for remedy when needed;
  4. engages with stakeholders to inform its approach to addressing human rights risks; and
  5. reports on its salient, or most severe, human rights risks and meets regulatory reporting requirements. 

A pdf version of the guide can be obtained from the Equality and Human Rights Commission website.

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