[Skip to Content]

Responsible Business Initiatives, Guidelines, and Standards

International Principles, Guidelines, Tools, and Global Initiatives Related to Business and Human Rights

The following table builds upon the resources provided in Appendix A to the Burma Reporting Requirements and will incorporate additional resources as they are developed. The table contains both general and industry specific resources to help you ensure responsible business conduct for your project.

Principles, Guidelines, and Tools
Initiative Sector Website
UN Declaration of Human Rights All Industry Sectors Website
Business & Human Rights Resource Centre: Selected Company Reports All Industry Sectors Website
European Commission: A guide to human rights for small and medium-sized enterprises All Industry Sectors Website
Global Compact Business Guide for Conflict Impact Assessment and Risk Management All Industry Sectors Website
Guidance on Responsible Business in Conflict-Affected and High Risk Areas All Industry Sectors Website
International Finance Corporation (IFC) Performance Standards All Industry Sectors Website
IFC Handbook for Preparing a Resettlement Action Plan All Industry Sectors Website
International Labor Organization Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work All Industry Sectors Website
International Labor Organization Tripartite Declaration of Principles Concerning Multinational Enterprises and Social Policy All Industry Sectors Website
OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises All Industry Sectors Website
OECD’s Common Approaches for Officially Supported Export Credits and Environmental and Social Due Diligence All Industry Sectors Website
OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas Mining industry Website
OECD Risk Awareness Tool for Multinational Enterprises in Weak Governance Zones All Industry Sectors Website
Reducing Child Labor and Forced Labor: A Toolkit for Responsible Businesses (U.S. Department of Labor Toolkit) All Industry Sectors Website
Report of the Consultative Group to Eliminate the Use of Child Labor and Forced Labor in Imported Agricultural Products Agriculture Website
Rights Compatible Grievance Mechanisms: A Guidance Tool for Companies and their Stakeholders All Industry Sectors Website
Stakeholder Engagement: A Good Practice Handbook for Companies Doing Business in Emerging Markets All Industry Sectors Website
UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples All Industry Sectors Website
UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights All Industry Sectors Website
UN Guiding Principles Reporting Framework All Industry Sectors Website
UNEP Finance Initiative Guidance Tool for the Finance Sector Financial industry Website
Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security All Industry Sectors Website
Global Initiatives and Certifications
Initiative Sector Website
Business Social Compliance Initiative Retail and importing industries Website
Diamond Development Initiative Diamond industry Website
Electronics Industry Citizenship Coalition Electronics industry Website
Ethical Trading Initiative Retail and suppliers industries Website
Equator Principles Financial industry Website
Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative Extractives industry Website
Fair Labor Association Footwear, clothing manufacturing, agriculture and electronics industries Website
Fair Wear Foundation Garments Industry Website
Forest Stewardship Council Forestry industry Website
Global Network Initiative Information and communications technology industry Website
International Cocoa Initiative Cocoa Industry Website
International Code of Conduct for Private Security Service Providers Private security service providers industry Website
International Covenant on Civil Rights and Political Rights (ICCPR) Private security service providers industry Website
Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance Mining industry Website
Kimberley Process Diamond industry Website
Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels Bio-fuel industry Website
Public Private Alliance for Responsible Minerals Trade Industries that source or use tin, tungsten, tantalum and gold Website
Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil Palm oil industry Website
Roundtable on Responsible Soy Soy industry Website
SA8000 All Industry Sectors Website
UN Global Compact All Industry Sectors Website
UN Global Compact/Maplecroft Human Rights and Business Dilemmas Forum All Industry Sectors Website
Voluntary Principles on Security & Human Rights Extractives industry Website
Worker Rights Consortium Footwear and apparel manufacturing industries Website