Training Course: Implementing the UN Guiding Principles in Your Supply Chain

How can companies embed the principles into their daily business practices?
Group photo from the SAI UN Guiding Principles course in Bangalore, India - Nov. 27-28.

Group photo from the SAI UN Guiding Principles course in Bangalore, India – November 2013.

In June 2011, the UN adopted the UN Guiding Principles on Business & Human Rights, written by UN Special Representative John Ruggie. One of the principles is for businesses to respect human rights in their companies internally and in their supply chains. But what does this mean and how do you accomplish this? The training course builds understanding on:
  • Content, Scope and Implications of the Guiding Principles and the Corporate Responsibility to Respect
  • The critical issue of whether a company caused, contributed to or is linked to negative human rights impacts in its supply chain and as a result what action is expected of a company
  • Avoiding negative impacts in the supply chain by adding a collaborative approach to supplier codes of conduct
  • The human rights that need to be respected and on how to prioritize between these rights
  • 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