Law Firms' Implementation of the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights
As businesses, law firms have the responsibility to “know and show” that they are respecting human rights. This is a core component of the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights recently endorsed by the UN Human Rights Council.
This report provides an overview of discussions conducted by leading law firms in London in September 2011. This meeting marked the first collective effort by law firms to understand what the Guiding Principles means for them—as business enterprises—to avoid infringing on human rights.
The report discusses the issues, and analyses some of the professional legal and ethical responsibilities for lawyers that offer both challenges and opportunities for lawyers, their clients, and society. It concludes with a suggested set of next steps to take these important issues forward.
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