UN Report – summary of findings from 2013 questionnaire for corporations on UN Guiding Principles

This report summarizes the findings from a 2013 questionnaire for corporations on the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. The questionnaire was carried out for the Working Group by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the International Organisation of Employers (IOE), the Global Business Initiative on Business and Human Rights (GBI) and the University of Denver The objectives of the questionnaire were threefold: (1) to understand progress on the dissemination of the Guiding Principles among the business community; (2) to highlight implementation motivations and challenges among business enterprises; and (3) to understand the support that businesses enterprises need to implement their corporate responsibility to respect human rights.  One
hundred and fifty-three business representatives from 39 countries responded to the questionnaire. This is an increase of 23.5 per cent from the 117 businesses that responded to the 2012 pilot survey. Europe was the region with the highest percentage of overall respondents, at 45.7 per cent. It also provided the most diverse regional sample with perspectives shared from 18 company representatives. The Working Group is using the results and findings from the questionnaire in its wider efforts to map the dissemination and implementation of the Guiding Principles. The questionnaire helps the Working Group to track business awareness of and progress in implementing the Guiding Principles. It also helps it to identify the common obstacles to the fulfilment of “the corporate responsibility to respect human rights” (the second pillar of the Guiding Principles)” Click here to download report