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Business and Human Rights: Misconceptions and Recommendations for Trade Union Actions

16 June 2021

On 16 June 2011, the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council unanimously endorsed the “Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights: Implementing the United Nations ‘Protect, Respect and Remedy’ Framework” (UNGPs), developed by Professor John Ruggie of Harvard University  – the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises. 

On the 10th anniversary of the UNGPs, the International Trade Union Confederation-Asia Pacific (ITUC-AP) takes the opportunity to clarify the misconceptions about business and human rights and propose recommendations for trade union actions to promote human rights in global supply chains (GSCs).

The clarifications on the misconceptions and the recommendations for trade unions are outlined in this Policy Brief.

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