The European Commission has published an introductory guide to human rights for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises.

The guide is consistent with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and translates those principles into the context of European SMEs. It is directed at SMEs in the hopes of raising awareness on human rights in their context. It aims at helping such companies integrate the respect for human rights into everyday business practices.

The guide is available for download. Other language versions will be published soon on the Commission website.

The guide has been written by a team from GLOBAL CSR and BBI International. Therefore GLOBAL CSR wishes to extend our gratitude to all who have contributed to the guide.

Made public on the UN Forum on Business and Human Rights

The guide will be presented at the event ‘Challenges in Implementation for SMEs’ on Dec 5th as part of the UN Forum on Business and Human Rights in Geneva 3-5 Dec. GLOBAL CSR will of course be represented at the forum by CEO Sune Skadegaard Thorsen and CSR Adviser Sine Gyrup.

The forum is organised by the UN Working Group on business & human rights and chaired by Professor John Ruggie, former UN Special Representative on business & human rights. The Forum is established on a mandate from the Human Rights Council as a venue for discussions on trends and challenges in the implementation of the UN Guiding Principles and promotion of dialogue and cooperation on issues linked to business and human rights. This is the first forum held, but it is set to happen annually.

Enterprise of Tomorrow

The national and international focus on human rights and SMEs fits well with GLOBAL CSR’s initiative ‘Enterprise of TomorrowTM’, which enables Small and Medium-sized Enterprises to unlock the great business potential that lies within working proactively with CSR.
For more information on Enterprise of TomorrowTM please  visit or contact GLOBAL CSR at or +45 4499 5506.


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