Human Rights & Due Diligence

Human & Labour Rights

The responsibility for human rights and labour standards does not rest with governments alone. As part of its commitment to the UN Global Compact, the business community has a responsibility to uphold human rights and labour standards both in the workplace and more broadly along its entire value chain.

Human rights touch on a broad range of issues, including labour rights, working conditions, non-discrimination, culture, health, water, education and privacy.

Global Initiatives

Local

Activities

Events

Publications

 

Global Initiatives of the UN Global Compact

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Action Platform on Decent Work in Global Supply Chains

The Action Platform on Decent Work in Supply Chains brings together companies who are committed to respecting human rights and fundamental principles and rights at work by leveraging their supply chains and taking collective action to address decent work deficits.

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Women's Empowerment Principles (WEPs)
 

The Women’s Empowerment Principles are a set of Principles offering guidance to business on how to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment in the workplace, marketplace and community.

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Child Labour Platform (CLP)

The CLP aims to identify the obstacles to the implementation of the International Labour Organization Conventions in supply chains and surrounding communities, identify practical ways of overcoming these obstacles, and catalyse collective action.

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Improving Wages to Advance Decent Work in Supply Chains

This platform builds the case for advancing decent work in global supply chains and demonstrates how labour rights and human rights are critical for achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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ILO Helpdesk for Business on International Labour Standards

The ILO Helpdesk for Business provides information on a wide range of labour topics, all derived from the International Labour Organization Multinational Enterprises Declaration.

Local Activities of the UN Global Compact Network
Switzerland & Liechtenstein

 
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Webinar Series: Impact of Human Rights Due Diligence regulations on companies based in Switzerland and Liechtenstein

We offer our members and interested companies a webinar series on how national and international Human Rights Due Diligence laws impact companies based and/or operating in Switzerland and Liechtenstein.

The focus of the three webinars will be on regulatory requirements, best practices as well as relevant resources and tools to support companies in implementing a human rights due diligence aligned with the evolving legal requirements.

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Swiss NAP: Promotion of the UN Guiding Principles on Business & Human Rights

 

As part of our collaboration with the Swiss Federal Administration and focusright in promoting the UNGPs, this page offers an overview on events and key resources commanded by the Federal Council to raise awareness of companies and help them to implement human rights due diligence.

 

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Target Gender Equality




 

Target Gender Equality is an training programme for participating companies of the UN Global Compact. Through facilitated performance analysis, capacity building workshops, peer-to-peer learning and advocacy, Target Gender Equality will support companies in setting and meeting ambitious corporate targets for women’s representation and leadership.

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Responsible Business Initiative



 

The popular initiative "For responsible companies - to protect people and the environment" was rejected.  

 

But what does this mean exactly for Swiss businesses? What does the counter-proposal entail? We have compiled the most important information for you and highlight the offers we as Global Compact Switzerland & Liechtenstein have developed in order to equip you on your sustainability journey.

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Human Rights Due Diligence Peer Learning & Networking Group


 

With the HRDD Peer Learning & Networking Group we would like to provide a platform for regular exchange among business and human rights professionals in Switzerland and Liechtenstein. Starting in May 2022, we will meet every three months for a virtual (After-) Lunch Videocall with informal discussions on questions, learnings, insights and challenges with peers.

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Individual Coaching on Human Rights Due Diligence


 

We offer tailor-made individual coaching to our members on Human & Labour Rights such as Due Diligence.

Please contact us to set up an appointment.

 

Upcoming Events

  • 7th Briefing on Regulatory Trends in the European Union and at the International Level
    05 Sept, 14:00 – 15:00
    Online Event
    7th Quarterly call
  • 8th Briefing on Regulatory Trends in the European Union and at the International Level
    05 Dec, 14:00 – 15:00
    Online Event
    8th Quarterly call
  • Available tools supporting Human Rights Due Diligence implementation (3/3)
    19 May, 09:00 – 10:30
    Webinar Series
  • 6th Briefing on Regulatory Trends in the European Union and at the International Level
    16 May, 14:00 – 15:00 CEST
    Online Event
    6th Quarterly call

Publications

 
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What does effective
human rights risk
management look like?
5 insights from practice

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ETI Human Rights Due Diligence Framework

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Decent Work Toolkit for Sustainable Procurement

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Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights
 

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Family-friendly Workplaces

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Business: it's time to act.
Decent Work, Modern Slavery & Child Labour
 

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OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Business Conduct