Business and Human Rights

Thank you for contacting me about business and human rights.

HM Government is committed to promoting the protection and respect of human rights in business, both at home and abroad. 

The UK was the first country to create a National Action Plan to implement the UN’s Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs), widely regarded as the authoritative international framework to steer practical action by governments and businesses worldwide on this important and pressing agenda. 

This plan sets out what is expected in regard to the conduct of UK businesses, including compliance with relevant laws and respect for human rights; treating the risk of causing human rights abuses as a legal compliance issue; adopting appropriate due diligence policies; and consulting those who could potentially be affected. HMG expects all UK businesses to respect human rights throughout their operations, in line with the UNGPs, including in regard to their supply chains. 

The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office and Department of International Trade also produce guidance to assist businesses in exercising such due diligence in countries where particular concerns around human rights exist.

Thank you again for taking the time to contact me.