AIM-PROGRESS - Program for responsible sourcing
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Business and Human Rights


What is our objective?

To build members' and suppliers' capability to conduct Human Rights due diligence reviews of their supply chains with the objective to ensure Implementation of the UN Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights (Ruggie Framework).

To enable members and suppliers to prevent and address human rights infringements.


Why is it important?

Responsible businesses cannot ignore the impact of their sourcing strategies on human rights in those countries where they buy their commodities. The UN guidelines are being incorporated into policy frameworks all over the world (e.g; EU CSR policy) and AIM-PROGRESS members want to demonstrate leadership in applying the necessary due diligence to ensure that human rights are respected, that workers are protected and that any grievance is remediated.


What are we doing?

The work stream is focusing on the following deliverables:


Some useful references are listed below:


Consumer Goods Forum Priority Principles on forced labor

AIM-PROGRESS supports these principles and will contribute to implementation in our supply chains.


WBCSD Issue brief on operationalising UN guiding principles on Business and Human Rights

In its latest issue brief, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) identifies a series of barriers and solutions to operationalizing the UN Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights (UNGPs). 



Independent non-profit centre for business & human rights practice. They were involved in shaping the UN guiding principles on business and human rights (Ruggie).



A multi-stakeholder initiative aiming to reduce modern slavery, particularly hidden forced labour, labour trafficking, and other third party exploitation of workers.


Business and Human Rights Resource Centre

Valuable resource on human rights development, including a review of over 5,600 companies' human rights records


UN Guiding Principle Reporting Framework

The world's first comprehensive guide for companies to report on how they respect human rights. 


The UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights: An Introduction (video)

A brief video explaining the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.  


CSR Europe hub on business & human rights

A useful reference hub by the European business network for corporate social responsibility


Linking GRI G4 to UN Guiding Principles

Publication by GRI on highlighting the connection between GRI G4 reporting guidelines and Ruggie.


Human rights impact assessment guidance and toolbox

Publication by the Danish Institute for Human Rights

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