Business and Human Rights

International standards 

The international community has taken a clear stance on human rights through several initiatives designed to guide global leaders, governments and businesses. 

UN Global Compact 

The UN Global Compact is the world's largest corporate sustainability initiative. It’s a call to companies to align strategies and operations with universal principles on human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption, and take actions that advance societal goals.

The Compact is about using business as a force for good. By committing to sustainability, business can take shared responsibility for achieving a better world.

Find out more about the UN Global Compact 

ICC Business Charter 

The ICC Business Charter provides a practical framework including tools for businesses of all sectors and geographies to help them shape their own business sustainability strategy. It is also useful as a starting point for small and medium-sized companies and businesses in emerging markets. 

Find out more about the ICC Business Charter

Global Goals

World Leaders have committed to 17 Global Goals to achieve 3 extraordinary things in the next 15 years. End extreme poverty. Fight inequality & injustice. Fix climate change. The Global Goals for sustainable development could get these things done, in all countries for all people.

If the Goals are going to work, everyone needs to know about them. The New Zealand Human Rights Commission is working to ensure all New Zealanders know what the Global Goals are, and how they can help realise a freer, fairer, safer, and more just New Zealand. 

Read more about our work promoting the Global Goals