Human rights and your organisation

Why human rights matter to business

Human rights matter to business because governments, customers and the wider public expect businesses to protect people’s rights. 

Globally, we are no longer asking whether businesses have a responsibility to respect human rights – that’s a given. Now, the business community is asking what that responsibility means in practice: in specific places, industries and contexts. 

The focus is on how businesses can most effectively meet their responsibilities in their 

day-to-day operations. What’s more, businesses are now expected to be able to show what steps they are taking to protect people’s rights. 

At a minimum this means meeting fundamental responsibilities in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption. As with everything in business, just doing the minimum isn’t usually sustainable. 

The Human Rights Commission is calling on all New Zealand business leaders to ask their organisations the bigger question – ‘How can we be a good corporate citizen?’  

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This podcast discusses the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.