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Companies today are increasingly approaching corporate responsibility as part of their overall policy to manage activities.

On behalf of global business, ICC is committed to promoting the role business can and should play in respecting human rights and encourages governments to engage with the business community to learn from the experiences of the private sector in dealing with human rights commitments.

Respect for human rights is a key vehicle through which business can help achieve the broader vision of peaceful and inclusive societies embraced by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

ICC continues to be at the forefront in pushing for business implementation of the United Nations (UN) Guiding Principles on business and Human Rights, a blueprint for what governments and companies need to do to put in place appropriate policies to respect human rights.

ICC plays a pivotal role in promoting business implementation of the UN Guiding Principles, a crucial companion to the SDGs. For example, the ICC Guidelines for International Investment, call on investing companies to respect the human rights of those affected by their activities, consistent with the UN Principles.

A broad range of businesses are already taking strong actions to support implementation of the Guiding Principles and many ICC member companies have already taken action to put in place access to remedy through company grievance mechanisms.

But the role of the state in protecting human rights is paramount.

For businesses to appropriately assume corporate responsibility in relation to the respect of human rights, governments must fulfill their roles to implement national action plans.

With only eight countries having implemented national action plans, ICC leverages its global network of national representatives, known as national committees, to call on their respective governments to develop national plans in order to align national laws with global standards.