The role of human rights in business
As the 100% Human at Work initiative has developed, we have had the honour to partner and collaborate with The Elders, particularly in relation to human rights and the role of business.
100% Human at Work is focused on shaping a future of work that serves humanity, underpinned by the UN Principles on Human Rights as a basic standard.
The last 18 months have been a time of crisis for the whole world, we are slowly learning how to deal with a devastating pandemic that has changed all our lives, whilst we also continue to see vast inequality and injustice in the world.
Whilst for most this has been a challenging time, we have also seen the best that humanity has to offer. The kindness of the human spirit, the innovation and ingenuity of the scientific and healthcare communities, the rebirth of the idea of community, and the ability to show humanity and vulnerability.
That is why 100% Human at Work is supporting The Elders’ #StateofHope conversation, a week of online talks and discussions reflecting on Nelson’s Mandela’s legacy. With so much change in the world, we are witnessing a moment in time in which we can fundamentally reimagine the systems in which we do business.
Within the 100% Human at Work community, we have seen organisations working to support refugees, building safety nets for workers without protections, tirelessly challenging inequality and inequity, innovating to ensure the physical safety of workers in dangerous conditions, and designing solutions to create employment opportunities for marginalised communities.
With brave leadership we believe business can prioritise equality and human rights in a way it never has before. The Elders have shown us that there can be an alternative approach to imagining the future of work and that the most challenging thing we can do is take an honest look at ourselves and the way we do business.
I would therefore ask each of you to take the time to think about your own organisations, and how they can embed and enhance the human rights agenda. What more can you do in the world?
I would love to hear about the changes you are going to make and ask you all to join me in supporting The Elders #StateofHope.