ICC views on business and human rights
In this statement, ICC identifies key actions that companies have taken to address business and human rights issues, and calls for stronger involvement by governments, in all parts of the world, to uphold their international human rights commitments.
For its part, ICC has continuously promoted best practices to its members – domestic and international companies of all sizes, sectors and regions – aimed at enhancing their internal management of human rights and other corporate responsibility areas. The ICC 9 steps to responsible business conduct helps them in the process of developing individual company policies and practices in the field of social responsibility. The ICC guide to responsible sourcing presents practical steps for integrating social and environmental considerations into global supply chains. Another area in which ICC has provided guidance is economic, social and environmental reporting, in view of helping companies to improve their communication with stakeholders .
ICC has also worked in parternship with the International Organisation of Employers (IOE) and Business and Industry Advisory Committee (BIAC) to the OECD to provide continuous business input and support into the mandate of Professor John Ruggie on business and human rights. The three representative bodies have developed concrete proposals to help business address dilemma situations in the context of weak governance zones. ICC, together with other business associations, now looks forward to contribute input to the new phase of Professor Ruggie’s mandate, which will examine ways to operationalize his proposed policy framework.