The Spanish Global Compact Network celebrated this year for the first time the «Human Rights Week«, which took place between November 28th and December 10th, ahead of the official date of December 10, International Day of Human Rights. It provided organizations with training and awareness materials to incorporate into their performance.

According to Cristina Sánchez, director of innovation and projects at the Spanish Global Compact Network, «companies are one of the most powerful institutions to pressure governments to protect human rights internally and watch companies to comply with them.»

The objective of this week was twofold: on the one hand, to make awareness of the importance of respecting human rights and, on the other, to spread resources and training in the application of human rights in organizations.

One of the most useful mechanisms to encourage change is the internal training of employees and boards of directors, as well as the external training of suppliers.

Schedule of action

This campaign was based on Principles 1 and 2 of the United Nations Global Compact and John Ruggie’s Business and Human Rights Principles.

With the idea of showing that the companies that actively implement the Guiding Principles are competitive companies, starting on November 28, different editorials were published daily by some of the partners of the Spanish Network who have worked on human rights during 2016.

Between November 28 and December 2: presentation of the social networking campaign «Take a selfie for human rights», spreading the importance of contemplating respect for human rights in all organizations, regardless of their nature.

November 30: publication in of a demo of the Guide for the implementation of the Guiding Principles.

December 1: online course «Grievance mechanisms «. Taught by the Human Rights specialist and companies of the Spanish Global Compact Network.

As of December 5: three publications released on the web regarding respect of human rights, actions that local networks are carrying out in other countries and practical recommendations for organizations that want to progress in this aspect.

December 12: an open course of the Guiding Principles of Business and Human Rights published in It will be available during the months of December and January.