In the wake of the 5th annual UN Forum on Business and Human Rights, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) published an issue brief titled, “Business & Human Rights: From Principles to Action”.

This brief sets out to succinctly highlight some of the key developments that have characterized the business and human rights landscape in the relatively short period since the UN Human Rights Council endorsed the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs) in 2011.

It explores trends around emerging regulation as well as programs to support and encourage robust business action in this field. It also looks to identify progress and enduring challenges on the operationalization of the UNGPs by business, leveraging analysis of human rights reporting amongst WBCSD’s approximately 200 member companies identified as part of the organization’s Reporting Matters work stream.

Finally, the piece also touches upon the road that lies ahead for the business and human rights agenda and frames this evolving agenda in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals which have introduced a new sustainable business paradigm since their launch in September 2015. The report is now available in Japanese and Spanish versions, which can be accessed here.