Promoting corporate social responsibility
Consumers are making increasingly stringent demands for fair trade products and open corporate communication. But supply chains can easily be marred by human rights violations.
Businesses and human rights violations
Companies are increasingly held to standards of corporate social responsibility (CSR), which also means paying attention to human rights. The Netherlands is helping companies by:
- developing a CSR passport, a manual that equips our embassies to assist Dutch companies with CSR and human rights issues;
- developing a national action plan on business and human rights and disseminating and implementing the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights;
- promoting compliance with the labour standards of the International Labour Organization (ILO), including the ban on child labour, the ban on forced labour, equality of opportunity and treatment, and freedom of association;
- supporting the International Land Coalition of civil society and human rights organisations, knowledge institutions and intergovernmental organisations.