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Implementing the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights in Development Cooperation

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The research project "Implementing the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights in Development Cooperation" was conducted by the Institute for Development and Peace (INEF) and funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. The information on this website are currently revised and the website will soon be re-launched.

 

The UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Business and Human Rights, Professor John Ruggie, developed the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, which were adopted by the UN Human Rights Council in June 2011. This soft law instrument now constitutes the international policy framework for the further specification and implementation of human rights responsibility. Thereby, the Guiding Principles emphasize the close interplay between states and private actors.

 

The aforementioned research project builds on the results of its predecessor - the project "Human Rights, Corporate Responsibility and Sustainable Development" (2008-2012). Information on this project can be found here.

 

The ongoing research endeavor analyzes opportunities for an effective implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights from a development-policy perspective. Part of the project also includes the provision of scientific support to the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development in its implementation efforts and of policy recommendations. In this regard, the development and advancement of certain instruments to fulfill corporate human rights due diligence is a central aspect.

 

The project "Implementing the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights" can be subdivided into the following focus areas/sub-projects:


- Human Rights Impact Assessments (HRIA)
- Development Agencies
- Small and medium-sized enterprises

 

 

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New Project at INEF: Corporate Responsibility for Human Rights and Labor Rights. The UN-Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights as an Issue of Union Representation

 

The project is conducted by the Institute for Development and Peace (INEF) at the University of Duisburg-Essen in cooperation with the consultancy Wilke, Maack and Partner.

 

The project, which is funded by the Hans Böckler Foundation, investigates the question, which policy approaches and instruments support the adherence of companies to their human rights due diligence as well as the safeguarding of labor rights. In this context, the project team will analyze experiences and expectations of labor unions, union representatives in supervisory boards and works councils, in the European Works Councils and the World Works Councils as well as further relevant actors. The project aims to identify examples of good practice as well as instruments and models to promote successful engagement of union representation dealing with human rights.

 

The research design with a multi-level data collection is based on interviews and case studies of companies, a broad-based survey with members of works councils, as well as interviews with single unions, the German Confederation of Trade Unions (DGB) and representatives of non-governmental organizations. Overall, these interviews aim to compile goals, activities and expectations in the field of international human rights and labor rights.

 

For further information please contact the head of project, Dr. Brigitte Hamm, via brigitte[dot]hamm[at]inef[dot]uni-due[dot]de

 

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