New Video Resource: Understanding Salient Human Rights Issues
This five-minute video is designed to help companies understand which human rights issues -- "salient human rights issues" -- to prioritize for action and to report on, in line with the UNGPs. Click on the image below to jump to the video.
Coming soon: UN Guiding Principles Reporting Database
When companies pay attention to the quality of their human rights reporting, this typically leads them to focus more attention on their performance as well, motivating improvements over time. That is the ultimate objective of the UN Guiding Principles Reporting Database, a new resource currently being developed by Shift in support of the Reporting Framework. It will launch in spring 2016 on UNGPreporting.org.
The UNGP Reporting Database will help companies, governments, investors, civil society organizations and other stakeholders see the extent to which a company is reporting what they need to know about its implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. To do so, it reviews corporate disclosure against the questions in the UN Guiding Principles Reporting Framework, and makes it easy for users to see what relevant information the company currently makes available.
The UNGP Reporting Database does not judge how well a company is implementing the UN Guiding Principles, nor does it rate or rank corporate performance or disclosure. Rather, it enables companies and their stakeholders to draw their own conclusions. They will be able to see how meaningfully a company is reporting on its progress towards implementation of the UNGPs. They can assess strengths and weaknesses, and find examples of leading practice that can inspire progress in both disclosure and performance. For inquiries about the database, please contact us.
UNGP Reporting Framework and Integrated Reporting
Developed in collaboration with the International Integrated Reporting Council, our joint statement explains the relationship between the UNGP Reporting Framework and Integrated Reporting, both of which seek to advance the quality of corporate reporting. Cross-references between the Reporting Framework and Integrated Reporting are also now available in our cross-references feature and in each section of the Reporting Framework implementation guidance.
Update on Assurance Practitioner Guidance
In June 2015, the RAFI project team held consultations with a range of practitioners and standard-setters on the assurance component of the Human Rights Reporting and Assurance Frameworks Initiative (RAFI). In light of these consultations, the RAFI project team issued a key takeaways document that reflects the main messages we heard and how they would inform the next stages of work.
One key conclusion was that we should focus specifically on how human rights subject matter should inform an assurance process, while recognizing that existing regulatory frameworks for assurance will set the bedrock of the process itself. The result will therefore be ‘practitioner guidance’ for the assurance of human rights information, rather than a self-standing ‘human rights assurance framework’. The guidance is expected to be published in the first half of 2016. See other updates including stakeholder consultation reports.
Investor Coalition Update
The investor coalition backing the UNGP Reporting Framework now includes 82 investors representing $4.8 trillion assets under management. > Latest signatories