The UN Global Compact principles on labour asks businesses to:


Principle 3     uphold the freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to

                               collective bargaining;

Principle 4     the elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labour;

Principle 5     the effective abolition of child labour; and

Principle 6     the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation.


The labour section of the Global Compact Self Assessment tool enables your company to assess its performance on labour standards against international standards, conventions and agreements, and provides inspiration for continuous improvement. This section should preferably be used together with the management section of the tool, which evaluates the extent to which issues covered by the UN Global Compact principles are anchored in the company strategy and integrated in decisions and management systems.


The labour section covers the following topics:


Freedom of association (Principle 3)

      Association and bargaining

      Company-level representation


Forced Labour (Principle 4)

      Forced and compulsory labour


Child Labour (Principle 5)

      Child labour and young workers


Discrimination (Principle 6)



This section is drawn from the
Human Rights Compliance Assessment tool (HRCA) developed by the Danish Institute for Human Rights. The questions and indicators have been developed on the basis of major human rights treaties and conventions, including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and numerous other international conventions, to help companies ensure a global minimum human rights standard across their operations.