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2. The state duty to protect human rights

2.2 Recommendations from the Council for CSR on the state duty to protect [page 10]

“In November 2011, the Danish Council for CSR started working on recommendations to the Government on how the UNGPs on the state duty to protect could be implemented. The council finished its work in January 2012 where the recommendations were handed over to the Government. Among other initiatives, the Council for CSR recommended that the Danish Government: …

  • Encourages responsible public procurement by requiring government contractors to perform due diligence on human rights in relation to the products or services covered by the contract, including regularly supervising the contractual requirements;”

2.3 Actions taken

Promotion of human rights in commercial transactions [page 13]

“The Government has committed itself to promoting responsibility in public procurement through several initiatives among other:

  • By publishing a set of common guidelines for responsible procurement in the public sector in collaboration with municipalities and other relevant parties. The guidelines will serve as a practical tool to determine when and how the UNGPs can be applied in connection with public procurement (GP 6). The tool is available in Danish: www.csr-indkob.dk.”

Appendix 1, GP 6

Status in Denmark (initiatives implemented before the UN ratification of the Guiding Principles [page 29]

“As part of the 2008 national action plan, a requirement that all future joint state supply contracts systematically should embed social responsibility as articulated in the conventions that provide the foundation for the UN Global Compact.

All state procurement officers have access to guidelines for embedding social responsibility.”

Initiatives taken or planned as a dedicated measure to implement the UNGPs (after the UN ratification of the Guiding Principles) [page 29]

“To promote responsibility in public procurement, the Government has developed common public sector guidelines for responsible procurement in collaboration with municipalities and other relevant parties. The guidelines are a practical tool to determine when and how Corporate Social Responsibility ca n be applied in connection with public procurement. The tool is available in Danish: www.csr-indkob.dk.”

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