The UN Guiding Principles Reporting Framework is the world’s first comprehensive guidance for companies to report on how they respect human rights.

The Framework is a short series of smart questions to which any company should have answers, both to know whether it is doing business with respect for human rights, and to show others the progress it is making.

Why should companies’ reporting on human rights matter to you?

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Understanding and Managing Human Rights Risks Is a Key Element of Integrated Thinking

1 Nov. 2017 — Richard Karmel of Mazars UK explains why respect for human rights can no longer be a niche and unusual area of practice for internal audit and external assurance — and how the new UNGP Assurance Guidance can help companies better manage their human rights performance.

BE PART OF THE MOVEMENT

The UN Guiding Principles tell us we should ‘know and show’ that we respect human rights in practice. To be able to show, you have to know. To be able to know, you have to do. The Reporting Framework uncovers the places where you need to focus and improve, so that it becomes very clear what you need to do.

Sofie Nyström, H&M

THE FRAMEWORK

The UNGP Reporting Framework with implementation and assurance guidance

DATABASE & ANALYSIS

Analysis of reporting trends, indicators of mature reporting, access to the database of company human rights reporting

SUPPORT & RESOURCES

Learn from users, understand key concepts, access translations

The UNGP Reporting Framework is an essential tool that enables investors to review companies’ understanding and management of human rights risks. It will also guide us in our engagement with companies going forward.

Coalition of 87 investors representing over $5.3 trillion assets under management

USERS AND SUPPORTERS

Companies, governments, investors, stock exchanges and lawyers around the world are using and supporting the UNGP Reporting Framework.

  • Unilever (first adopter)
  • Citi
  • Marks & Spencer
  • H&M
  • Ajinomoto
  • Total
  • Investor coalition representing $5.3t AUM
  • European Commission
  • Bursa Malaysia
  • United Kingdom Home Office
  • International Integrated Reporting Council
  • United States General Services Administration

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“Reporting — communication — is just one key milestone in our due diligence processes. We focus on implementing the UN Guiding Principles and approached the Reporting Framework as a tool to further strengthen existing management systems.”

— Kasumi Blessing, NovoNordisk

“The UN Guiding Principles Reporting Framework equips us to understand what we may face — it reduces the number of unknown unknowns.”

— Richard Kooloos, ABN AMRO

“The Reporting Framework has provided us with a space internally to discuss human rights related to business processes, and with business functions we had not previously engaged regarding the management of human rights.”

— Matt King, Newmont

Latest news

Assurance Guidance on Human Rights Performance and Reporting Now Available

19 September 2017 — Mazars and Shift have launched comprehensive Assurance Guidance on human rights, for the first time giving businesses a clear direction on how to assess their human rights credentials in line with international standards. This subject matter guidance serves two purposes: one, to help internal auditors assure companies’ human rights performance, and two, to support external assurance providers’ assurance of companies’ human rights reporting.

Japanese and Chinese translations of Reporting Framework now available

July 2017 — Two new translations of the UNGP Reporting Framework with implementation guidance are now available, in Japanese and Chinese. Translations are also available in French and Polish, and German and Spanish translations are in progress. Click here to view all available translations of the Reporting Framework.

New sectors and new regional focus in Reporting Database

November 2017 — Three new industry sectors and 10 new companies headquartered in Mexico are now part of the UNGP Reporting Database. The UNGP Reporting Database — a free, independent resource showing companies’ communication on human rights — includes 105 companies from 11 sectors. The latest new sectors include infrastructure, construction and building materials; personal care; and transportation and transport operators.