Business and Human Rights

Thank you for contacting me about business and human rights.

Let me begin by assuring you that the UK is committed to promoting the protection and respect of human rights in business, both at home and abroad.

The UK was the first country to create a National Action Plan to implement the UN’s Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs), widely regarded as the authoritative international framework to steer practical action by governments and businesses worldwide on this important and pressing agenda. 

This plan sets out what is expected in regard to the conduct of UK businesses, including compliance with relevant laws and respect for human rights; treating the risk of causing human rights abuses as a legal compliance issue; adopting appropriate due diligence policies; and consulting those who could potentially be affected. The UK expects all UK businesses to respect human rights throughout their operations, in line with the UNGPs, including in regard to their supply chains. 

The UK's Presidency of the G7 in 2021 and the resulting commitments from G7 members to tackle forced labour in global supply chains clearly demonstrates our country's commitment to ending modern slavery. I have no doubt that Ministers will continue these efforts going forward.

Thank you again for taking the time to contact me.