Nations Global Compact
Principles for Security and Human Rights
Reebok has done leading edge work on a company's responsibility
for managing in environments with Human Rights abuses.
codes of companies with policy statements referring
to human rights
Girls Next Door
Under the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000
-- the first U.S. law to recognize that people trafficked
against their will are victims of a crime, not illegal
aliens -- the U.S. government rates other countries'
records on human trafficking and can apply economic
sanctions on those that aren't making efforts to improve
them. Another piece of legislation, the Protect Act,
which Bush signed into law last year, makes it a crime
for any person to enter the U.S., or for any citizen
to travel abroad, for the purpose of sex tourism involving
children. The sentences are severe: up to 30 years'
imprisonment for each offense.
and Human Rights Resource Centre
of the High Commissioner on Human Rights. "The
International Bill of Human Rights." UNHCHR
on the Responsibilities of Transnational Corporations
and Other Business Enterprises with Regard to Human
Rights, U.N. Doc. E/CN.4/Sub.2/2003/12/Rev.2 (2003).
(These are draft proposals of a working group. For official
commentary on them, click here.
For external commentary, click here.)
rights norms for businesses
Although the human rights norms for businesses, drafted
by the Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection
of Human Rights, faced opposition from some countries,
Amnesty International is very pleased to note that the
issue of corporate responsibility for human rights is
now firmly on the Commission's agenda. In a decision,
adopted by consensus, the Commission requested the Office
of the High Commissioner for Human Rights to compile
a report setting out the scope and legal status of existing
initiatives and standards on business responsibilities
with regard to human rights, and to consider the draft
norms in this process. Amnesty International continues
to be firmly supportive of the norms as a framework
for informing the human rights responsibilities of business
enterprises and welcomes the Commission's acknowledgement
that standards on business responsibilities in relation
to human rights need to be strengthened.