We are glad that our year-long (battle!) book project has come to fruition. 

The United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights: Implementing the United Nations “Protect, Respect and Remedy” Framework (UNGPs) require companies to make human rights policy commitments, conduct human rights due diligence and impact assessments, and provide effective grievance mechanisms and remedies to rectify wrongs.

But addressing the “How?” question has been challenging for most businesses. Further, small and medium-sized companies (SMEs) lack the resources, practical tools, and capabilities to translate and operationalise the UNGPs in their daily activities.

The GuideKit contains key texts, tools, and case studies focused on the environment and labour. Topics covered include human rights due diligence, environmental risk management, assessment of recruitment agencies, operational-level grievance mechanisms, and engagement with human rights defenders. 

It aims to provide SMEs with a ready-to-use reference guide that takes a practical approach to human rights compliance. Sustainability managers or officers can adopt the steps proposed as their companies journey towards the implementation of business and human rights commitments.

However, we must not lose sight of the ultimate goal of the GuideKit, which is to improve the lives of everyone, everywhere, through human rights. Corporate respect for human rights cannot just be a box-ticking exercise.

A copy of the GuideKit can be downloaded here.

If you would like a hard copy of the GuideKit, please email us at [email protected] (while stocks last). For collaborations and training on the tools in the GuideKit, please contact us at the same email address.

Participants who attended the online launch of the GuideKit on 20 August 2022.
The panel discussion on “Opportunities, gaps and challenges in BHR compliance by SMEs in Southeast Asia” moderated by Wong Pui Yi.