We know certification only provides limited protection, so it is important that we go beyond this baseline and have developed, and are rolling out, a broader approach to human rights that will strengthen what we already have in place. The approach is based on the UN Guiding Principles which sets out best practice for businesses and human rights.
The Guiding Principles are founded on three pillars:
1. Protect – states have a duty to protect, promote and support human rights
2. Respect – companies have a responsibility to respect human rights and “do no harm”
3. Remedy – both must ensure that victims of business-related abuses have access to effective remedy.
Our six-step approach will help us to implement the guiding principles throughout our supply chain. It is our intention to identify and confront the risks of human rights abuses, wherever they occur. To do this, we need to increase the visibility of abuses and deepen our understanding, to provide more effective remedy and work towards fully equitable supply chains.