Human Rights Solutions Forum Tackles Business Dilemma’s
Istanbul, 9 June 2009
) – A web-based Solutions Forum to address and discuss human rights
dilemmas for multi-national corporations was launched during the Global Compact Annual Local
Network Forum in Istanbul. The Human Rights Solutions Forum is produced jointly by the UN Global
Compact, Maplecroft and is funded by the GE Foundation.
The project was initiated in December 2008 at the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the
Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The Forum investigates human rights issues affecting
business operations and supply chains in emerging markets, weak governance zones or in geographies
where there are substantial human rights challenges. It aims to enhance business understanding of
human rights issues within their sphere of influence and to promote best practices.
The online forum launches with a set of 30 human rights themes, including child labour,
non-discrimination, privacy and access to water. Stakeholders are asked to comment on the
significance of each theme as well as suggest additional dilemmas for business.
A more detailed set of dilemmas explores the actions of business through "real world" case
studies, discusses the different rights that are impacted and invites the viewpoints and solutions
of different stakeholders. Additional dilemmas and solutions will be included over time, building
on the work of other human right initiatives, best practice, tools and case studies
“The Solutions Forum provides business with a unique opportunity to improve its
understanding of human rights and participate in a real-time dialogue on solutions with other
stakeholders” said Ursula Wynhoven, Head Policy and Legal, Global Global Compact Office. “ The
Global Compact is delighted to be part of this initiative.”
Head, Policy and Legal
Global Compact Office