Business and human rights: Evolution and acceptance

Business and human rights: Evolution and acceptance


The operating environment for business has changed irreversibly in recent years. Change is still underway – additional issues that pose very serious threats to business include forced labour, child labour, dangerous working environments, land clearance, environmental degradation, harassment and the misuse of data. 

Due to the confidence and trust placed in them and the professional codes they follow, management accountants are responsible for identifying risks and safeguarding their organisations to create value. 

This guide, written in partnership with the Global Compact Network UK, sets out the context for the importance of human rights issues to business. It also identifies the human rights-related areas that management accountants should consider in relation to their organisations. This will help to inform short-term key actions and processes and to support long-term corporate objectives and overall reputation.

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