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Aug 13, 2015 3:26 PM CET

EU Directive implementation and work with UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights

Coming back from vacation it is now business as usual and I am looking forward to the release of the Swedish National Action Plan (NAP) for the UNGP the 24th of August. We have been part of the stakeholder process and have high expectations on the release and following development in the years to come.

As always processes and understanding are great but ultimately it is about being in control, how to drive change and where to draw the line. Internally, we have been working with the UNGP since at least a year.

The EU Directive was a positive surprise, last fall, and I am welcoming each country’s adaptation. Since the directive is covering many traditional CR aspects mature companies have been working with it for years, using the GRI for example, so it is not too much of a headache. On the contrary we have done a gap analysis in Jan-Feb and are now working on an implementation plan for our limited weaker areas. To highlight the, in my view, best aspects of the directive it now clearly points out the Board’s responsibility, as individuals, for the UN Global Compact areas as well as for diversity.