2012 activities of the Working Group

Please note that all future dates are subject to confirmation and changes.

The below list is not exhaustive and includes:

  • Events organised/convoked by the Working Group
  • Statements, articles, interviews by the Working Group and Working Group members.
  • Events organised by others in which Working Group members participated and/or made formal presentations, to disseminate the Guiding Principles.



6-7 December 2012

WG presentation at the launching conference of the CSR Conflict Management Center, Netherlands

3-5 December 2012

2012 Forum on Business and Human Rights, Switzerland

2 December 2012

Launch of draft WG report of pilot business study on implementation of the corporate responsibility to respect human rights
Final report: A/HRC/23/32/Add.2

26-30 November 2012

3rd WG session, Switzerland
Report on meetings and outcome of 3rd session (A/HRC/WG.12/3/1)

23 November 2012

WG presentation at “500 Days After Ruggie” conference, London School of Economics, United Kingdom

15-16 November 2012

WG participation at “Human Rights and the Financial Crisis” meeting, University of Nottingham Human Rights Law Centre, United Kingdom

14 November 2012

WG presentation at Workshop for UAE Business Leaders, Global Business Initiative, United Arab Emirates
Workshop Report

13 November 2012

WG presentation at Oslo Conference on Corporate Social Responsibility, Norway

12-14 November 2012

World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council Summit, United Arab Emirates

10 November 2012

WG presentation at Roundtable for ASEAN Business Leaders, Malaysia

3 November 2012

WG statement on protection of human rights of vulnerable groups affected by business activities

2 November 2012

WG press release, presentation GA report: “States and business enterprises should scale up efforts to reduce adverse business impacts on human rights”
WG report to the 67th General Assembly (A/67/285)

23-24 October 2012

WG presentation at workshop on the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises and other international instruments, FES-TUAC, Benin

14-17 October 2012

Child Rights and the Business Sector Seminar, International Institute for the Rights of the Child, Switzerland

14-16 October 2012

Asia-Pacific Business Forum 2012, United Nations ESCAP, Malaysia

8-17 October 2012

WG country visit to Mongolia
WG press release: “Mongolia: Unclear responsibilities between government and business and weak enforcement threaten to leave human rights on the sidelines, says UN human rights expert group”
WG Statement at the end of visit to Mongolia
WG Media advisory for Mongolia visit

7-10 October

WG participation at 52nd Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, Ivory Coast
WG press release

4 October 2012

WG presentation at the UK International Chamber of Commerce, United Kingdom

27 September 2012

International Singapore Compact CSR Summit 2012, Singapore

25-29 September 2012

Annual Meeting of Independent Accountability Mechanisms, Luxembourg

12 September 2012

European Commission Roundtable on human rights and SMEs, Belgium
European Commission video featuring Alexandra Guaqueta

11 September 2012

Conference on Business, Human Rights, and Peace, Switzerland

10 September 2012

Seminar on Extractive Industries and Indigenous Peoples, Norway

28 August 2012

WG presentation at 2012 Africa Down Under Conference, Australia

24 August 2012

WG comments on draft revision of the Operational Guidelines of the Compliance Advisor Ombudsman (CAO) of the International Finance Corporation

16-26 July 2012

Singapore Management University’s Summer Institute in International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights, Singapore

10-12 July 2012

WG presentation at World Sustainable Agriculture Congress, Singapore

28 June 2012

WG press release: “Business must respect human rights for truly sustainable development – UN expert body on Rio+20”

27 June 2012

Wilton Park Conference on Business and Human Rights, United Kingdom

21 June 2012

WG statement to the 20th session of the Human Rights Council, Switzerland
Working Group 2012 report to Human Rights Council (A/HRC/20/29)
Non official summary of interactive dialogue

11 June 2012

Nineteenth Annual Meeting of Special Rapporteurs, Representatives, Independent Experts and Chairs of Working Groups of the UN Human Rights Council, Switzerland

29 May 2012

WG presentation at “Frameworks for Change: The Tourism Industry and Human Rights”, United Kingdom

14 May 2012

Joint press release: “G-8 / EU: “A global financial transaction tax, a human rights imperative now more than ever”

8-11 May 2012

2nd WG session, Switzerland
WG open consultation on 2012 Forum on Business and Human Rights
Report on meetings and outcome of 2nd session (A/HRC/WG.12/2/1)

7-8 May 2012

WG presentation at Expert Conference “Business and Human Rights – Principles to Practice”, Denmark

1 May 2012

WG briefing with officials from the Organization of American States and Inter-American Development Bank, United States of America

30 April 2012

WG presentation at U.S. State Department business dialogue, United States of America

31 March 2012

WG submission to public consultation on the Independent Governance and Oversight Mechanism of the International Code of Conduct for Private Security Service Providers

19 March 2012

Joint press release: “Rio+20: “No global goals without accountability” – an open appeal from over 20 UN experts”

19 March 2012

Joint letter: “If Rio+20 is to deliver, accountability must be at its heart”

19 March 2012

WG background note: “Rio+20 must be aligned with UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights”

16-20 January 2012

1st WG session, Switzerland
WG open consultation with stakeholders
Submissions received by Working Group on mandate
Working methods adopted by Working Group