Submitted by Business & Human Rights Resource Centre
- December 4, 2008 - To mark the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Realizing Rights and the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre have been encouraging more companies to adopt human rights policies.
Mary Robinson, President of Realizing Rights, has written to the CEOs of companies on the Fortune Global 500 and from a number of emerging markets in recent months, to ask whether they have a public human rights policy statement and to encourage those that do not to adopt one. (Click here for the full text of the letter). Currently over 230 company policy statements appear on the running list on the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre website.
Pointing to the growing number of major corporations that have made this commitment, Mary Robinson noted, "I am encouraged to see more and more corporations taking a public stand on human rights. This is yet another sign that human rights are becoming part of the mainstream business agenda and that business leaders themselves are prepared to take on their appropriate responsibilities."
If your company has a human rights policy statement or adopts one in the future please contact Annabel Short (firstname.lastname@example.org) so it can be added to the list.
Companies in bold have policies that refer to the Universal Declaration
Associated British Foods
Banco do Brasil
British American Tobacco
Cable & Wireless
Commercial International Bank
Group 4 Securicor
Marks & Spencer
Mitchells & Butlers
Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings
Procter & Gamble
Seven & I Holdings
Somo Japan Insurance
Sumitomo Electric Industries
Tokyo Electric Power
Tom's of Maine
*Companies participating in the UN Global Compact (UNGC) commit to ten principles, including Principles 1 and 2 on human rights. On this list we do not include all UN Global Compact participants, only companies that have a separate commitment to human rights (for example within a company code of conduct or as a stand-alone human rights policy). Incorporating human rights into company policies is one of the recommendations in the UNGC document, "Help Mark the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights."
The list does not include policy statements that refer/apply only to a company’s suppliers or employees.
The Resource Centre is an independent non-profit that promotes greater awareness and informed debate about human rights issues relating to business. Our website is updated hourly with news and reports about companies’ social and environmental impacts worldwide, including alleged abuses, positive steps, and company responses to concerns raised about their conduct. The site has sections on over 4000 companies. It also includes special resources such as all materials issued by the UN Special Representative on business & human rights; a list of companies with human rights policies; profiles of lawsuits against companies. Mary Robinson is Chair of our International Advisory Network. Visit the website for further details and to sign up for free Weekly Updates. See website for contact details of our New York office and team members in Hong Kong, India, South Africa, UK, Ukraine, USA
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