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Business and Human Rights

The topic of business and human rights is currently in a dynamic development process. It's clear today that the primary responsibility for adherence to and enforcement of human rights resides with the states, but increasingly on the level of international law, the responsibility of individuals as well as the responsibility of legal persons is being discussed. With the resolution of the UN framework initiated by the UN Special Representative on Business and Human Rights, Professor John G. Ruggie, for the first time on the international level, a framework exists for the various aspects in the sphere of business and human rights. Companies are asking themselves how they can fulfil their "Responsibility to Respect", as portrayed in the Ruggie framework. Together with its member companies, econsense is discussing the practical issues pertaining to the topic of business and human rights and is drafting concrete management approaches.

  • econsense Trainingsmodul “Respecting Human Rights in your Supply Chain”

    Als praktisches Weiterbildungsformat hat econsense gemeinsam mit Mike Baab (u.a. Berater für das Danish Institute for Human Rights) Schulungsmaterial für Einkäufer und externe Lieferanten Ihres Unternehmens zum Thema Achtung und Wahrung der Menschenrechte erstellt. 

  • European Hub on Business and Human Rights

    Das European Hub on Business and Human Rights ist eine Plattform für europäische Unternehmen, in deren Fokus zum einen der gegenseitige Wissenstransfer, der gemeinsame Dialog mit Experten und der Best Practice Austausch zum Thema Wirtschaft und Menschenrechte stehen, aber auch Lösungen für identifizierte Herausforderungen diskutiert werden sollen. Der Schwerpunkt liegt dabei auf der übergreifenden Einbettung von Menschenrechtsprinzipien über alle Abteilungen im Unternehmen hinweg, wie Personalwesen, Einkauf oder Risikobewertung.

  • European Hub on Business and Human Rights

    The European Hub on Business and Human Rights (“the Hub”) is a platform for companies across Europe to exchange knowledge, learn from peers and experts, share best practices on the topic of business and human rights, and incubate solutions on identified gaps.

News of our Members

12/10/2013 | Deutsche Telekom: Respecting human rights and promoting compliance

December 10 is International Human Rights Day. Whether it be providing services for deaf and hard-of-hearing customers in Germany, Telemedicine in Kenya or free Internet access in schools – these projects and services have one thing in common: They all contribute to supporting human rights.


Forum for Sustainable Development of German Business e.V.

econsense is an association of leading, globally active companies and organisations of German business specializing in the area of sustainable development and corporate social responsibility (CSR). Founded in 2000 on the initiative of the Federation of German Industries (BDI), the goal of econsense is to provide a dialogue platform and think tank, with the dual objectives of advancing sustainable development in business and assuming social responsibility.