2018 sessions of the Working Group on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises


21st session: Geneva, 1 – 5 October 2018

Palais des Nations, Room XXI

Consultations scheduled with:

  • Businesses/business associations: Tuesday 2 October (17:00-18:00) – Focus on corporate human rights due diligence in practice (theme of 2018 Forum on Business and Human Rights (26 - 28 November 2018) and Working Group’s 2018 report to the General Assembly).
  • Member States: Wednesday 3 October (15:00-16:00) – Focus on the 2018 Forum on Business and Human Rights with the theme of “Business respect for human rights – building on what works”. The Working Group encourages States to share information about regulatory and policy developments to provide incentives and/or requirements for business enterprises to carry out human rights due diligence. The Working Group will also provide an update on its ongoing projects, including on the gender dimensions of the Guiding Principles, which will be the theme of the Working Group’s next report to the Human Rights Council, to be presented in June 2019. See call for input from States and other stakeholders.  
  • Civil society organisations: Wednesday 3 October (17:00-18:00) – Focus on the 2018 Forum on Business and Human Rights and update on Working Group’s ongoing projects, including on the gender dimensions of the Guiding Principles, which will be the theme of the Working Group’s next report to the Human Rights Council, to be presented in June 2019. See call for input from States and other stakeholders.  

20th session: Geneva, 14 - 18 May 2018

Palais des Nations, Room XII (Building A, 3rd floor)

Consultations scheduled with:

  • Businesses/business associations: Tuesday 15 May (17:00-18:00) – Focus on corporate human rights due diligence in practice (theme of Working Group’s 2018 report to the General Assembly).
  • Member States: Wednesday 16 May (15:00-16:00) – Focus on the development and implementation of public policies to implement the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs), including National Actions Plans (NAPs) and the incorporation of a gender dimension into the business and human rights agenda (as part of the WG’s project “Gender lens to the UNGPs”)
  • Civil society organisations: Wednesday 16 May (17:00-18:00) – Focus on the development and implementation of NAPs aiming at implementing the UNGPs, including challenges and best practices with regard to multi-stakeholder engagement in the process and the incorporation of inputs from civil society into the NAP. Civil society organizations can register to participate via https://reg.unog.ch/event/19029/ by Monday 14 May 2018. Audio-conference is also available (for dial-in details, please email: registrationwgbusiness@ohchr.org)
  • Open multi-stakeholder consultation: Thursday 17 May (15:00-18:00) – focus on corporate human rights due diligence in practice (theme of Working Group’s 2018 report to the General Assembly). Interested stakeholders can register to participate via https://reg.unog.ch/event/19029/ by Monday 14 May 2018. Concept note available here.

19th session: Geneva, 5 – 9 February 2018

Palais des Nations, Room VII (Building A, 3rd floor)

Consultations scheduled with:

  • Member States: Wednesday 7 February (15:00-16:00) – focus on alignment of efforts to implement the Sustainable Development Goals with the business and human rights agenda, including alignment of SDG implementation plans with national action plans on business and human rights.
  • Civil society organisations: Wednesday 7 February (17:00-18:00) – focus on corporate human rights due diligence in practice (theme of Working Group’s 2018 report to the General Assembly).
  • Businesses/business associations: Thursday 8 February (14:00-18:00) – focus on corporate human rights due diligence in practice (theme of Working Group’s 2018 report to the General Assembly).