Human rights are universal in nature, and are the rights that all people enjoy, regardless of their location, age, race, or any other characteristic or qualification. They are codified in key international instruments including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights; the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights; the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights; The International Labour Organization’s (ILO) Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work; and Children’s Rights and Business Principles.
For purposes of our human rights approach, the term “human rights” includes rights to:
- Physical safety;
- Own and enjoy property;
- Fair and appropriate treatment in the workplace and in society, including protections for children;
- Fair treatment in the legal system;
- Associate with others for peaceful and lawful purposes;
- Practice and enjoy one’s culture, nationality, and religion;
- Maintain individual thoughts and reasonable expression; and
- Privacy and familial rights.
We are committed to respecting the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs) to guide our work in this area. The UNGPs call upon businesses to respect human rights by conducting due diligence of how their activities might adversely affect human rights, to minimize adverse impacts, and to remediate harms.