16.3)   Promote the rule of law at the national and international levels, and ensure equal access to justice for all

Baker & McKenzie, the world’s geographically largest law firm with offices in 44 countries, partnered with the UNGC, and corporate leaders such as Unilever, Nestle, Lexis Nexis and others to develop and publish a Business for the Rule of Law Framework document.  This Framework was launched at the UNGC Business Leaders Summit in June 2015 as a complement to government action. It was the culmination of global consultation engaging 400 senior representatives in 20 countries, government officials, legal practitioners, academics and civil society.  The Framework provides guidance on how business can respect and support the rule of law in a way business can relate to. It provides a business case, practical examples and guidance on how to get started including approximately 100 case examples.  It is a practical tool that any business can use.  As a second phase, Baker & Mckenzie's team of corporate leaders are planning activity around the globe to promote the Framework within the business community.