Human Rights and Business Dilemmas Forum

The Human Rights and Business Dilemmas Forum aims to enhance our collective understanding of human rights themes and to stimulate discussion about the dilemmas responsible multi-national companies may face in their efforts to respect and support human rights when operating in emerging economies. It does so using innovative online feedback mechanisms to allow users to propose, explore and discuss a wide range of dilemmas and potential good practice. The Forum also provides a series of case studies demonstrating realworld dilemmas faced by companies and other organisations around the world - as well as real-world efforts to manage or resolve these dilemmas in a responsible way. Links are included to other relevant websites, resources and initiatives.

The Human Rights and Business Dilemmas Forum is produced jointly by the United Nations Global Compact and Verisk Maplecroft, and is funded by the GE Foundation. Unless otherwise indicated, the content of the Forum or any materials posed within the Forum are not intended to reflect the official positions, views or opinions of the UN.

About the United Nations Global Compact

The United Nations Global Compact is a call to companies everywhere to voluntarily align their operations and strategies with ten universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption, and to take action in support of UN goals and issues. The UN Global Compact is a leadership platform for the development, implementation and disclosure of responsible corporate policies and practices. Launched in 2000, it is the largest corporate sustainability initiative in the world, with over 8,000 companies and 4,000 non-business signatories based in 160 countries.

About Verisk Maplecroft

Verisk Maplecroft is a leading source of global risks analysis. We research, index and map over 500 risks and issues to identify exposures and opportunities in both countries and companies. Our products and services are a vital resource for businesses and investors requiring analysis and insight into complex political, economic, social and environmental risks. Our comprehensive portfolio of company risk ratings, country and subsovereign risk indices, interactive GIS maps and indepth reports provide innovative and proven solutions for assessing both corporate Environmental Social and Governance (ESG) management proficiency, in addition to country and value chain risk exposures.

Other specialist services include carbon footprinting, human rights monitoring, ethical value chain management, stakeholder engagement as well as award-winning sustainability reporting. Verisk Maplecroft has extensive expertise in the area of business and human rights. This includes the publication of the Human Rights Risk Atlas since 2004, as well as sub-national human right risk indices, maps and country scorecards.

About the GE Foundation

The GE Foundation, the philanthropic organization of the General Electric Company, works to solve some of the world's most difficult problems. In coordination with its partners, it supports U.S. and international education, the environment, public policy, human rights, and disaster relief around the globe. In addition, the GE Foundation supports GE employee and retiree giving and involvement in GE communities around the world. In 2011, the GE Foundation contributed more than US$115 million to global community and educational needs.