Information to help entities and government institutions reporting under the Act to understand the types of actions they can take to address the human rights impacts of their business activities.

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United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights

The UN Guiding Principles provide an internationally respected standard for states and companies to protect and respect human rights in their business activities.

The Corporate Responsibility to Respect Human Rights: An Interpretive Guide

The Corporate Responsibility to Respect Human Rights is a guide published by the UN High Commissioner For Human Rights to provide additional explanation to the UN Guiding Principles, with a focus on the responsibilities of corporate entities.

OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises on Responsible Business Conduct

The OECD Guidelines provide a comprehensive code of conduct for multinational enterprises on the social, environmental and economic aspects of responsible business conduct, with recommendations for voluntary principles and standards for enterprises to adhere to.

OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Business Conduct

The Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Business Conduct provides practical support for enterprises on implementing the OECD Guidelines, with plain-language explanations, tipsand illustrative examples. The OECD also publishes guidance on responsible business conduct for particular sectors and industries, including guidance tailored toward the extractive sector, the financial sector, agricultural supply chains, mineral supply chains and textile and garment supply chains.

Resources and tools for responsible business conduct

Global Affairs Canada has compiled a list of resources and tools from the Government of Canada and partner organizations to guide Canadian businesses in implementing responsible business conduct abroad.

Guidance by Government, Business and Civil Society

The Business & Human Rights Resource Centre collects guidance materials from governments, industry, NGOs and academic organizations around the world on various aspects of corporate responsibility, sustainability and due diligence.

Combating Forced Labour: A Handbook for Employers and Business

The Handbook for Employers and Business published by the International Labour Organization provides guidance to employers and businesses on strengthening their capacity to address risks of forced labour and human trafficking in their operations and supply chains.

Guidance tool on "How to do Business with Respect for Children's Right to be Free from Child Labour"

Guidance from the ILO and the International Organization for Employers aiming to improve global supply chain governance, due diligence and remediation processes to advance the progressive elimination of child labour.

Ending child labour, forced labour and human trafficking in global supply chains

Alliance 8.7, a global multi-stakeholder partnership, has published a report to help governments, businesses, the financial sector and civil society understand and respond to child labour, forced labour and human trafficking in global supply chains.

Remediation Guidelines for Victims of Exploitation in Extended Mineral Supply Chains

The Remediation Guidelines published by the International Organization for Migration is a set of practical guidelines for downstream companies and their business partners on remediating the adverse human rights impacts of their operations, products and services.

ISO 20400 – Sustainable procurement

ISO 20400 is a tool to help businesses integrate sustainability into their procurement practices, helping to reduce social and environmental harms.

ISO 26000 – Social responsibility

ISO 26000 is a tool to help businesses understand the principles of social responsibility and translate them into action.

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