Working with the UN

We are guided in our understanding of the role companies must play in furthering human rights by the UNGC, the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, and the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises. In 2016, we published our first Modern Slavery Act Statement, to outline the steps we are taking internally, in our supply chain and through research, partnerships and advocacy to avert slavery and human trafficking.

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set out the United Nations agenda for people, planet and prosperity over the next 15 years. They were adopted by heads of state at the UN in 2015. The 17 goals aim to address critical needs for humanity and the environment. In 2016, we engaged stakeholders and mapped an SDG Resource Centre which will showcase RELX content, tools and events from across the Group that can help drive forward the SDGs.

The free SDG Resource Centre will support the UN, governments, researchers, companies, non governmental organisations (NGOs) and individuals in their efforts to advance this vital global agenda.

Our 2016 CR Forum Stakeholder Session focused on the SDGs and involved internal experts, peers, government and NGOs on business – and RELX Group –and the SDGs. During the UN General Assembly in September 2016, we contributed to the launch of the Global Alliance for Reporting Progress on Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies (SDG 16), providing the only private sector statement on the positive role business can play by exercising their unique contributions to society.

As a signatory to the UNGC and its principles, encompassing labour, environment, anti-corruption and human rights, we demonstrated leadership in 2016 by serving on the UNGC Advisory Group for the UK, the UNGC Supply Chain Advisory Group and the Caring for Climate Steering Group. We played a leadership role in the UNGC’s launch of Business for the Rule of Law, the Guide for General Counsel on Corporate Sustainability and the Advisory Group on Supply Chain Sustainability. UNGC peers judged our Communication on Progress, required of signatories annually, to have attained Advanced Level. We were also active in the Dutch UNGC network.

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