Due diligence responsibilities of businesses involved in small arms and light weapons

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IPIS and the International Action Network on Small Arms (IANSA) have developed a Fact sheet on “Due Diligence Responsibilities of Businesses Involved in Small Arms and Light Weapons.” For over a decade, the international community has been developing guidelines for responsible business conduct for States and companies to prevent, address and remedy human rights abuses committed in business operations. These include: the UN Global Compact, the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises on Responsible Business Conduct and the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs). This Fact sheet focuses on how these guidelines apply to businesses that manufacture and trade small arms and light weapons.

Picture: Man producing arms in a weapons factory. ©Todd Heisler 2012

This publication has been produced with the financial assistance of the Belgian Directorate-General for Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid (DGD). The contents of this document can under no circumstances be regarded as reflecting the position of the Belgian Development Cooperation.