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Category Archives: UN Global Compact
“Businesses should work against corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery.” Origin of the 10th principle On 24 June 2004, during the UN Global Compact Leaders Summit it was announced that the UN Global Compact henceforth includes a … Continue reading
“Businesses should encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies.” What is an environmentally friendly technology? Environmentally sound technologies, as defined in Agenda 21, should protect the environment, are less polluting, use all resources in a more sustainable manner, … Continue reading
“Businesses should undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility.” What is environmental responsibility? In Chapter 30 of Agenda 21, the 1992 Rio Earth Summit spelled out the role of business and industry in the sustainable development agenda as: “Business and … Continue reading
“Businesses should support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges.” What is the precautionary approach? Introducing the precautionary approach, Principle 15 of the 1992 Rio Declaration states that “where there are threats of serious or irreversible damage, lack of full scientific … Continue reading
“Businesses should uphold the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation.” What does Discrimination in Respect of Employment and Occupation mean? Discrimination in employment and occupation means treating people differently or less favourably because of characteristics that are … Continue reading
“Businesses should uphold the effective abolition of child labour.” What is Child Labour? The term “child labour” should not be confused with “youth employment” or “student work”. Child labour is a form of exploitation that is a violation of a … Continue reading
“Businesses should uphold the elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labour.” What does Forced and Compulsory Labour mean? Forced or compulsory labour is any work or service that is exacted from any person under the menace of any … Continue reading
“Businesses should uphold the freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining.” What does Freedom of Association mean? Freedom of association implies a respect for the right of all employers and all workers to freely … Continue reading
“Businesses should make sure they are not complicit in human rights abuses.” Complicity Complicity basically means being implicated in human rights abuse that another company, government, individual, group etc is causing. Respecting human rights includes avoiding complicity, which is another … Continue reading
“Businesses should support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights.” Why Human Rights Are Important for Business Governments have the primary responsibility for human rights. However, individuals and organizations also have important roles to play in supporting and … Continue reading