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UN Guiding Principles

The UN Guiding Principles form the basis for the National Action Plan for Business and Human Rights (NAP) adopted by the Federal Government. They are also an important basis for the implementation of the human rights due diligence in companies.
The principles are based on existing human rights obligations such as the International Bill of Human Rights and the ILO's core labour standards. This international framework set out requirements for policy makers and businesses, establishing the first generally accepted reference framework for human rights duties of states and the responsibilities of businesses in global supply and value chains.

The United Nations Guiding Principles are based on three pillars:

  • States' duty to protect human rights,
  • Companies' responsibility to respect human rights and
  • Access to remedy for victims of human rights violations.


    Here you can download the United Nations Guiding Principles and find further information.

Text of the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. The publication provides an introduction to the three pillars of the UN Guiding Principles: the state's duty to protect human rights, the corporate due diligence obligation in terms of respecting human rights, and access to remedy and compensation.

Author: United Nations (UN)
Publication: 2011
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Further information: www.ohchr.org

Further information and background to the UN Guiding Principles. This publication deals particularly with the content and structure of the corporate due diligence obligation in terms of respecting human rights and offers important ideas for practical implementation.

Author: United Nations (UN)
Publication: 2012
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Further information: www.ohchr.org

Further information and background to the UN Guiding Principles. In particular, it situates the UN guiding principles in the existing human rights system.

Author: United Nations (UN)
Publication: 2015
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Further information: www.ohchr.org

The UN Guiding Principles Reporting Framework is the first comprehensive guidance for companies to report on human rights issues in line with their responsibility to respect human rights. The Reporting Framework has been developed through the Human Rights Reporting and Assurance Frameworks Initiative (RAFI), co-facilitated by Shift and Mazars.

Author: Human Rights Reporting, Assurance Framework Initiative (RAFI), by Shift and Mazars
Publication: 2015
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Further information: www.ungpreporting.org

NAP In­ter­na­tion­al

Overview of adopted NAPs and NAPs under development