Human Rights

NWCRI views all our corporate responsibility initiatives from a human rights perspective. We work to ensure that corporations adopt and implement policies and practices that respect, promote and protect the human rights of all within their areas of activity and sphere of influence.

“Protect, Respect and Remedy” On June 16, 2011 the UN Human Rights Council adopted the “Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights,” which operationalize the UN “Protect, Respect and Remedy” Framework. Under the Guiding Principles governments have the primary responsibility to protect human rights and corporations have obligations to respect human rights in their operations. The Framework and Guiding Principles are valuable tools for shareholders to hold corporations accountable for developing human rights policies that provide for impact assessments of their operations, monitoring, community engagement and a grievance mechanism.

Human rights and worker rights issues include: human rights impacts inherent in the tech sector, racial equity audits, freedom of association and paid sick leave for workers, implications of doing business in conflict-affected areas, child and forced labor in supply chains and risks associated with the sale and marketing of firearms to civilians.

Resources on Human Rights