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