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International treaties, guidelines and instruments

These human rights and labour rights are based on international treaties ratified by most countries. There is a range of international treaties, guidelines and instruments.

Several of these play a guiding role:

  1. Universal Declaration of Human Rights (particularly Article 23)

  2. ILO conventions (labour standards set by the International Labour Organisation, the tripartite UN organisation for labour)

  3. ILO tripartite declaration on multinational enterprises

  4. OESO guidelines for multinational enterprises

  5. UN Protect, Respect and Remedy Framework, also known as the Ruggie Principles 


Labels and certificates

If you start monitoring human rights and labour rights within your company's supply chain, these are the guiding guidelines, labels and certificates:

  • SA8000

  • GRI

  • Global Compact

  • ISO26000