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2 The corporate responsibility to respect human rights [page 13]

“The conditions for companies’ efforts to respect human rights vary depending on their size …

In keeping with the UN Guiding Principles, businesses’ human rights efforts are expected to include the following main points: …

Procedure: …

Establish an integrated and ongoing process in the company to identify, prevent and manage human rights risks and opportunities, as appropriate to the size, nature and context of the operations, i.e. due diligence”

Annex: Measures planned [page 28-29]

How can the State support the business sector?

  • “Central government will enhance its collaboration with the regional CSR networks in Sweden and take particular steps to strengthen the dialogue with small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).”

Trade promotion

  • “Business Sweden (the Swedish Trade & Invest Council) will be instructed to strengthen its implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and, in particular, to support small and medium-sized enterprises in this area.”

Annex: Links [page 30]

“The European Commission has produced a guide to human rights for small and mediumsized enterprises in Swedish, based on the UN Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights. The Commission has also developed industry-specific guides for extractive industries (oil and gas), temporary-work agencies and the ICT sector. These are available on the Commission website: www.ec.europa.eu

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