Is the Reporting Framework approved by the United Nations?

The Guiding Principles Reporting Framework is not officially approved by the United Nations. It would be highly unusual for the UN to formally approve such a document.

The UN Working Group on business and human rights formally supported the process under the Human Rights Reporting and Assurance Frameworks Initiative (RAFI) that led to the UN Guiding Principles Reporting Framework and was consulted regularly during its development as well as being represented on the Eminent Persons Group that oversaw the development of the Reporting Framework.

In its June report to the UN Human Rights Council, the UN Working Group observed that, “The ‘UN Guiding Principles reporting framework’ provides a useful reference to help business understand the practical implications of the corporate responsibility to respect human rights and for Global Compact participant companies to report on progress on the first six principles (covering human and labour rights).”

Clearance to use the title ‘UN Guiding Principles Reporting Framework’ was obtained from the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.