Action plan shows human rights breaches are still a serious legal risk for UK companies
On 4 September 2013, the UK Government became the first to release a national action plan to implement the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. The plan follows the European Commission's appeal, as part of its policy on corporate social responsibility, for EU member states to develop national action plans to implement the Guiding Principles by the end of 2013. The principles were formulated by Professor John Ruggie, the former Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for Business and Human Rights, and recognise, through a "protect, respect and remedy" framework, that: states have a legal duty to protect against human rights abuses; businesses have a responsibility to comply with applicable laws and respect human rights; and effective remedies are needed for victims of human rights abuses.
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