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Human Rights Translated 2.0: A Business Reference Guide

June 20, 2016

It is widely accepted around the world that businesses have responsibilities to respect human rights such as the rights to privacy, humane treatment, safe working conditions and more. But many companies and other businesses do not know what human rights are, or how to address them in a business context. That's why we have produced Human Rights Translated 2.0: A Business Reference Guide, an easy-to-read handbook for respecting people's fundamental human rights in all sectors of the economy. This publication explains human rights in a way that makes sense to business. Using real-life case studies, it illustrates how human rights are relevant in a corporate context and how human rights issues can be managed. The first edition of this book was praised globally for the simple way that it presented human rights in a business-relevant manner. It has been used by multinational corporations and small businesses on every continent, as well as international financial institutions and the United Nations. This edition has been fully updated to include the latest legal developments. More case studies will be added over time, so you'll be up to date by following this page.

SDG Compass: the Guide for Business Action on the SDGs

November 1, 2015

Our planet faces massive economic, social and environmental challenges. To combat these, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) define global priorities and aspirations for 2030. They represent an unprecedented opportunity to eliminate extreme poverty and put the world on a sustainable path. Governments worldwide have already agreed to these goals. Now it is time for business to take action. The SDG Compass explains how the SDGs affect your business -- offering you the tools and knowledge to put sustainability at the heart of your strategy.

Serving the Public Interest: Corporate Water Stewardship and Sustainable Development

October 5, 2015

This briefing paper provides an overview on how the private sector can -- and already is -- helping deliver on global goals, particularly the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) #6 on ensuring availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.

Private Sector Investment and Sustainable Development: The Current and Potential Role of Institutional Investors, Companies, Banks and Foundations in Sustainable Development

January 16, 2015

This paper seeks to provide the Financing for Development process with a perspective on the role institutional investors, companies, and foundations can play in the design and implementation of a financing strategy for global sustainability. This will help bridge the terminology and investment approaches of institutional investors, companies, foundations, and governments. The paper highlights ongoing efforts among private investors to increase the impact of their investments. It concludes with a set of key actions facing investors, companies and foundations in their transition towards investment practices that contribute to sustainable development.