Geneva, 30 June 2016 - The issue brief identifies a series of barriers and solutions to operationalizing the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs). The latter establish an authoritative global standard on the respective roles of businesses and governments in helping ensure that companies respect human rights in their own operations and through their business relationships.

Mitsubishi Corporation, a Japanese WBCSD member company, took the lead in translating the publication into Japanese.

The brief builds on the hands-on experiences of several WBCSD member companies in their efforts to implement the UNGPs, including: ABB, Anglo American, ArcelorMittal, Coca-Cola, DSM, Eni, HEINEKEN, Hitachi, Holcim, JPMorgan Chase, Michelin, Nestlé, Novartis, RWE, Total, Unilever, and Vale. It also draws from the results of a survey of WBCSD members on the implementation of the UNGPs as well as the broader experience of experts that have worked with companies on these issues across the globe.

Specifically, the brief intends to:

  • Create a better understanding of the current state of play amongst corporations.
  • Highlight some of the most common barriers faced by companies in their efforts to implement the UNGPs.
  • Share solutions tried and tested by WBCSD members to overcome these barriers.

The Council looks forward to further disseminating the brief across the Japanese business community in the coming weeks.