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Business growth and respecting human rights intertwined

9 December 2016

Promoting business growth and respecting human rights go hand in hand, the Law Society of England and Wales said today as it published a guide to business and human rights compliance.

'Human rights support business growth, they are central to the role of the solicitor profession and core to our domestic and international priorities,' said Law Society's president Robert Bourns.

'Solicitors are increasingly asked by clients and employers to help them understand their human rights responsibilities and how these may impact their business activities.

'We encourage solicitors to start by looking at their own businesses to assess their human rights impact. We hope firms will take steps to manage risks and prevent or tackle potential abuse. Solicitors can then consider how best to support their clients, including compliance with the requirements of the Modern Slavery Act 2015.

'Across the country, firms and practitioners are sharing peer learning and experience to ensure that in their own supply chains and those of their clients, human rights are fully respected and risks are mitigated.'

One of the first national bar associations to launch a national engagement programme on the United Nations Principles on Business and Human Rights, the Law Society of England and Wales has actively engaged on this issue for a number of years at home and internationally and has published a Practice Note on the Modern Slavery Act as part of this work.

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Notes to editors

Guide to Business and Human Rights

Modern Slavery Act Practice Note

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