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State national action plans

The UN Working Group strongly encourages all States to develop, enact and update a national action plan on business and human rights as part of the State responsibility to disseminate and implement the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

Working Group's guidance

To help, the Working Group has produced "guidance" on the development of a national action plan.
The Guidance was produced following an open, global, year-long consultative process that involved States, companies, civil society, NHRIs and academia.

As part of the Working Group's roadmap to produce guidance, it published its 2014 report to the 69th session of the UN General Assembly on national action plans. It also consulted with governments on this topic via a 2014 State survey, and it launched an online consultation (Word | PDF) on substantive elements to be included in a national action plan. If you have any enquiries please contact: wg-business@ohchr.org



Other relevant sources

The International Corporate Accountability Roundtable (ICAR) and the Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR) has a "Toolkit for the Development, Implementation, and Review of State Commitments to Business and Human Rights Frameworks": http://accountabilityroundtable.org/analysis/napsreport/

Information on national action plans can also be found on the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre's website:
http://business-humanrights.org/en/un-guiding-principles/implementation-tools-examples/implementation-by-governments/by-type-of-initiative/national-action-plans  


States that have produced a national action plan

  • UK - launched September 2013
  • The Netherlands - launched December 2013
  • Italy - launched March 2014
  • Denmark - launched April 2014
  • Spain - launched in the summer of 2014 (*subject to approval by the Spanish Council of Ministers)

States that are in the process of developing a national action plan or have committed to doing one:

  • Argentina
  • Azerbaijan
  • Belgium
  • Colombia
  • Finland 1-2
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Ireland
  • Jordan
  • Lithuania
  • Mexico
  • Mauritius
  • Mozambique
  • Norway
  • Portugal
  • Slovenia
  • Switzerland 1-2
  • USA

States in which either the NHRI or civil society have begun steps in the development of a national action plan:

  • Ghana
  • Kazakhstan
  • South Africa
  • Tanzania