Created in partnership with the Helpdesk on Business & Human Rights


About the Business & Human Rights Navigator

The Business & Human Rights Navigator (BHR Navigator) guides companies around the world to better understand and address human rights impacts in their operations and supply chains. Users can access in-depth analysis of key human rights issues, due diligence recommendations, as well as case studies illustrating how other businesses have responsibly addressed human rights impacts.

The BHR Navigator is informed by and aligned with the Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact[1] and the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights[2] (UNGPs). The aim of the BHR Navigator is to enhance companies’ understanding of how the UNGPs can be understood and implemented in practical terms, with particular reference to some of the most common human rights topics for business.

The BHR Navigator is produced by the United Nations Global Compact in collaboration with the German Government’s Helpdesk on Business & Human Rights and Verisk Maplecroft. It is funded by the German Government’s Helpdesk on Business & Human Rights. Global Compact Network Germany advised the project as a conceptual partner.

The resources were developed in coordination with UN Human Rights (OHCHR). The International Labour Office (ILO) provided technical support on the principles of international labour standards as they concern company operations. The Navigator was further supported by a Global Compact Local Network subgroup consisting of: Australia, Brazil, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Nigeria, Spain and the United Kingdom.

The BHR Navigator builds on work previously carried out on the Human Rights and Business Dilemmas Forum, which was developed by the UN Global Compact in collaboration with Verisk Maplecroft and funded by the GE Foundation.


The contents of this website should be taken only as a source of information and analysis. It is not given, and should not be taken, as legal advice and the provider of the information will not be held liable for any direct or consequential loss arising from reliance on the information contained herein.

The case studies do not make any assessment of whether the measures presented meet the requirements of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs). The aim is rather to demonstrate the feasibility of human rights due diligence management and to offer companies suggestions for their own implementation.

The inclusion of company examples is intended strictly for learning purposes and does not constitute an endorsement of the individual companies. Unless otherwise indicated, the content is not intended to reflect the official positions, views or opinions of the United Nations or the German Government.

About the United Nations Global Compact

As a special initiative of the UN Secretary-General, the United Nations Global Compact is a call to companies everywhere to align their operations and strategies with Ten Principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption. Our ambition is to accelerate and scale the global collective impact of business by upholding the Ten Principles and delivering the Sustainable Development Goals through accountable companies and ecosystems that enable change. With more than 12,000 companies and 3,000 non-business signatories based in over 160 countries, and 69 Local Networks, the UN Global Compact is the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative — one Global Compact uniting business for a better world.

For more information, follow @globalcompact on social media and visit our website at

About the Helpdesk on Business & Human Rights

The Helpdesk on Business & Human Rights is a free support service of the German Federal Government. We advise companies of all sizes individually, confidentially and free of charge on the topic of human rights due diligence. Our experienced advisors serve as a point of contact for initial advice and referrals, and help you to integrate environmental and social standards along your supply and value chain. Our services also include tailor-made training, different event formats, project support and free online tools.

The Helpdesk is situated within the Agency for Business & Economic Development (AWE). The AWE is financed by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and its executing agencies are the Deutsche Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and DEG — Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH, a subsidiary of KfW Bankengruppe.

For more information, follow @HelpdeskWiMR on social media and visit our website at

About Verisk Maplecroft

As organisations strive to understand and adapt to a fast-changing world, Verisk Maplecroft empowers them to put the environment, human rights and political risk at the heart of their decision-making. We do this by providing unparalleled intelligence on sustainability, resilience and ESG – stitching together these disparate issues into an interconnected global view, built upon objective insight and data. By thinking ‘big picture’ we capture what matters most to our partners; making positive outcomes possible in a time of change; helping people, business and societies become stronger; creating value with values. Verisk Maplecroft is a Verisk business (Nasdaq:VRSK).

For more information, follow @MaplecroftRisk on social media and visit our website at