This action plan is the UK’s national implementation plan for the UN Guiding Principles. It embodies government commitment to protect human rights by helping UK companies understand and manage human rights. It sends a clear message of its expectation about business behaviour, both in the UK and overseas. The updated (May 2016) version states that government will “ensure the provisions of an EU Directive on non-financial disclosure are transposed in the UK to enable greater consistency and comparability of public information on the human rights policies and performance of listed companies in Europe”. It states that businesses should be transparent about policies, activities and impacts, and report on human rights issues and risks as an appropriate part of their annual reports. The plan mentions the OECD guidelines for MNEs and recommends the UN Guiding Principles Reporting Framework. Focus topics include diamonds, supply chain (overseas investmnents), freedom of expression, minorities and vulnerable groups and SMEs.
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