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Survey on Current Investor Practice in Implementing Respect for Human Rights

UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights
UNGPs 10+ / Next Decade BHR Project


Full set of questions investor practice survey [Pdf, opens in separate window/can be downloaded]
Answers cannot be saved and finished later. Respondents have to complete their response in one sitting.

The following survey aims to collect information on current investor practices in implementing respect for human rights throughout investment activities. Asset owners and managers with investments across all asset classes are encouraged to respond.


Results will be used to inform the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights project, Business and human rights – towards a decade of global implementation. Also known as “UNGPs 10+ / Next Decade BHR,” the project is centred around the upcoming tenth anniversary of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs), the global authoritative framework on business and human rights that was unanimously endorsed by the UN Human Rights Council in June 2011. The project seeks to take stock of practice to date, identify gaps and challenges, and develop a vision and roadmap for scaling up implementation over the course of the next ten years. This survey will help inform various publications between July 2020 and June 2021.


In answering the survey questions, please consider all of your institution’s current practices, including investment activities across asset classes, and how they relate to human rights (i.e. those rights that are instrumental to people’s fundamental welfare and dignity). At a minimum, this includes the internationally recognized human rights defined in the International Bill of Human Rights and the ILO Core Conventions. For the purposes of this survey, respondents are encouraged to be over-inclusive when unsure of whether aspects of their current practices relate to human rights. When in doubt, please include information on any practices that aim to address negative impacts on people in association with business activities.


The survey is structured under the main expectations for all business enterprises, including investors, in engaging with the responsibility to respect human rights, in line with the UNGPs, the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, and the 2017 OECD guidance document Responsible Business Conduct for Institutional Investors.