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A guide to human rights for SMEs Published on: 04/12/2012, Last update: 03/12/2012

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Introductory guide to human rights for small and medium-sized enterprises


The European Commission has published an introductory guide to human rights for small and medium-sized enterprises.  Launched at the UN Forum on Business and Human Rights, this guide seeks to explain why human rights are relevant for European SMEs, and how they can address human rights risks.

The development of this guide was one of the commitments made by the Commission in its corporate social responsibility strategy adopted in October 2011. Human rights is an increasingly important aspect of CSR, but until now there has been no practical advice specifically for smaller enterprises.