Business and Human Rights, the EU Council Conclusions

The EU Council issued, on 20 June 2016, the conclusions on “Business and human rights” on the fifth anniversary of the adoption of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs), the main reference framework for the international community.
The Council reaffirmed the EU’s strong and active commitment to prevent abuse and ensure the care of the world and to ensure the implementation of UNGPs.
“The Council underlines the significant role that business should play in helping to achieve sustainable development goals (SDGs) and the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development. […] All partnerships in achieving the SDGs should be constructed with respect for human rights and based on a responsible business conduct”, the document reads.
Coopermondo, committed in coordinating the Working Group on Private Sector in the National Council for Cooperation and Development (CNCS), believe it to be an important step to strengthen the role and social responsibility of enterprises, especially to those engaged in international cooperation for development.
Download the EU Council conclusions