How to Implement the UN Guiding Principles on Business & Human Rights in Your Supply Chain

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How to Implement the UN Guiding Principles on Business & Human Rights in Your Supply Chain

One of the Guiding Principles is for businesses to respect human rights in their companies internally and in their supply chains. But what does this mean and how do you accomplish this?
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Upcoming training courses on how to implement the UN Guiding Principles for Business & Human Rights, led by Social Accountability International (SAI) and the Interchurch Organization for Development Cooperation (ICCO)

Date: May 29-30, 2013  
Location: Brussels, Belgium
Host: European Investment Bank (EIB)
Language: English
Cost: $385

Date/Data: June 25-26, 2013/25-26 junho de 2013 
Location/Localização: São Paulo, Brazil
Language/Idioma: English/Portuguese
Cost/Custo: $385
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Date: September 23-24, 2013
Location: Utrecht, The Netherlands
Host: ICCO
Language: English/Dutch
Cost: $385
>>Learn more & register now:
Monday, April 22, 2013 - 10:10am

To assist with the UN Guiding Principles' goals, SAI and ICCO developed tools for business and training courses centered on their Handbook & Toolkit. This two-day training event aims to demonstrate how companies can transform principles to practice, and will provide understanding on: 

  • How can companies meet their responsibility to respect human rights  
  • Distinguishing whether a company has caused, contributed to or is linked to negative human rights impacts, and what actions are expected of the company as a response
  • Avoiding negative impacts in the supply chain through collaborative approaches and mutual buyer-supplier responsibility  
  • Key human rights risks and how to prioritize among them
  • The business case for human rights 
Additionally the course will introduce a six-step method on how to implement a supply chain management system that integrates the respect for human rights. The six steps are:
  1. Committing to a human rights policy
  2. Assessing human rights impact
  3. Integrating human rights in policies, procedures and responsibilities
  4. Tracking human rights implementation
  5. Communicating human rights impact
  6. Remediating adverse human rights impacts

Expected Participants
The training is applicable to companies in any industry and size. It is designed for use by senior management, as well as professionals in the human resources, corporate social responsibility, compliance and sourcing departments. In addition, the training is also intended for CSR experts and consultants who train or advise companies, as well as for NGO, trade union and government representatives to learn about the implications of the Guiding Principles on their work.

The training in Brussels and Utrecht will be carried out by SAI Trainer Edwin Koster, and the Sao Paulo training will be carried out jointly by SAI Trainers Edwin Koster and Beat Grüninger. Mr. Koster heads Max Value, SAI's Authorized Representative office in Europe. He has broad experience in sustainable supply chain management and is the co-author of the Handbook and Toolkit used in the Training. Mr Grüninger is a partner of BSD Group and Director of BSD Brazil, SAI's Authorized Representative office in São Paulo. He has been acting for several years as a consultant for Fair Trade USA and is currently a local manager leading a Fair Trade USA/USAID Responsible Sourcing Project in Brazil.  

In Brussels, the training will be generously hosted by the European Investment Bank (EIB). EIB is the European Union's bank, the only bank owned by and representing the interests of the European Union Member States. EIB supports projects that make a significant contribution to growth, employment, economic and social cohesion and environmental sustainability in Europe and beyond.  Website:   



Stephanie Wilson
Social Accountability International (SAI)
Joleen Ong
Social Accountability International (SAI)
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