As per its mandate and working methods, the Working Group can seek and receive information from all relevant sources, and welcomes information related to its mandate. Information received from relevant stakeholders will be used as appropriate by the Working Group to inform its work and strategy, to identify barriers to the effective implementation of the Guiding Principles and gaps in the protection of human rights in the context of business activities, and to inform recommendations made to States, business, and other actors, on the implementation of the Guiding Principles. It should be noted that the Working Group is not in a position to investigate individual cases of alleged business related human rights violations.
Submissions are therefore welcomed at all times by the Working Group, and can be sent to the Secretariat at the address firstname.lastname@example.org and will be passed on to the Working Group. Receipt of submissions will be acknowledged, though there may be delays at times due to high volumes of information received. All information reaches the Working Group and will be taken into consideration as appropriate by members of the Working Group, as per its working methods.
From time to time, the Working Group may also issue separate calls for inputs or submissions on specific subjects, and will publish such calls for inputs on this website as well as through appropriate channels.
Specific calls for submissions
4 November 2011 – “Have your say! Help a new UN body ensure respect for human rights by business”
Pursuant to the above call for suggestions for the programme of the new Working Group on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises, the following contributions were received:
UN and Intergovernmental Organisations
National Human Rights Institutions
Civil Society/Trade Unions
Academia and independent researchers