Over 12,000 Views of Reporting Framework In First Two Months

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28 May 2015 — On February 24th, the launch of the UN Guiding Principles Reporting Framework in London drew a standing-room only crowd and featured strong affirmations of the Reporting Framework from the evening’s speakers, including UN Guiding Principles author John Ruggie, UK Minister Jo Swinson, Unilever Global Vice President Marcela Manubens and European Parliament Rapporteur on Corporate Responsibility Richard Howitt.

A short two months after the launch of the Reporting Framework, we’re thrilled to see it catalyzing and accelerating conversations across companies, governments, investor groups and civil society organizations about how companies can demonstrate respect for human rights in practice. This update includes the latest news on how various stakeholders are using the Reporting Framework to drive implementation of the Guiding Principles.

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Who is using the Reporting Framework?

  • In the first eight weeks after the launch, over 12,000 visitors viewed the Reporting Framework, with visitor rates remaining consistently high over the period since the initial rush.
  • Unilever’s first human rights report – the result of a pilot collaboration that began in 2014 – is due to be published this summer.
  • On April 14, Ericsson issued the first report from an ICT company to use the Reporting Framework. The human rights information is contained it its Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility Report 2014 and addresses the eight overarching questions of the Reporting Framework.
  • Three other early adopter companies – H&M, Nestlé and Newmont – are working directly with Shift to apply the Reporting Framework to their 2015 reporting and share their learning.
  • Over 30 other companies have already told Shift they are actively using the Reporting Framework, whether for their external reporting process, or first to improve their internal human rights management systems and reporting.
  • In a number of countries, government ministries are examining how the Reporting Framework could inform their policies to drive greater corporate accountability on social and environmental issues, including through National Action Plans, adoption of the European Union non-financial reporting Directive and national legislation like the UK’s Modern Slavery Act.

LEARN MORE: find out who is supporting the Reporting Framework, see statements of support from representatives of the OECD, UN Global Compact and others, and find out where we’ll be talking about the UNGP Reporting Framework in the coming months.