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UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights at 10

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"Business and human rights: towards a decade of global implementation"

Overview


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June 2021 marks the tenth anniversary of the unanimous endorsement by the Human Rights Council of the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs). A major step forward in efforts to prevent and address business-related human rights abuse, they provide a global authoritative framework for State duties and business responsibilities to achieve the UNGPs' vision of "tangible results for affected individuals and communities, and thereby also contributing to a socially sustainable globalization."

As part of its mandate to promote the UNGPs, the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights is undertaking a new project to chart a course for a decade of action on business and human rights. This effort, informed by wide-ranging stakeholder consultations, will take stock of achievements to date, assess existing gaps and challenges, and, most importantly, develop an ambitious vision and roadmap for implementing the UNGPs more widely and more broadly between now and 2030.

The project is supported by the Government of Germany – including in the context of Germany's presidency of the Council of the European Union during the second half of 2020 – and the Government of Switzerland and other partners. The global consultation process to develop the roadmap will involve collaboration with OHCHR and UNDP as well as a range of other partners.

Open call for input – 'Have your say'

Link to the 'Have your say' form: English | Français | Español

Full call for input: English | Français | Español

Call for Governments inputs: English | Français | Español

Deadline: 30 November 2020.

Key resources

Focus Areas

The UNGPs10+ project will examine drivers and opportunities for speeding and scaling up UNGPs implementation over the next decade. In recognition of evidence of what constitute some of the strongest drivers for changing business practice, the project is dedicating attention to:

This focus recognizes that the current global situation, in spite of worrying trends, presents opportunities for a renewed push to embed respect for human rights at the core of how business is done: the current wave of mandatory human rights due diligence legislation, the increasing attention to “ESG” among investors, and the calls for  putting people and planet at the centre of responses to the Covid-19 pandemic and economic crisis .

The project will also build on recent years’ multi-stakeholder dialogues in the context of regional consultations and forums (including in collaboration with UNDP) and the annual UN Forum on Business and Human Rights , as well as existing and forthcoming work by the Working Group. The Working Group’s thematic work addresses several topics that need to be more fully considered for the vision of the UNGPs to be realized during the next decade and beyond. This includes the need to:

The project will also build on work by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on  accountability and access to remedy , and  business and human rights issues in the technology space .

Milestones and outputs

This process will feed directly into the two main outputs of the project's first phase (2020-21):

  • A report to the Human Rights Council in June 2021 to provide a baseline, vision and ambition for the next phase, by assessing progress to date, highlighting existing boundary-pushing practices, documenting impediments to wider and deeper action, and considering how to leverage more robust policy action for transformational change towards 2030 and beyond.
  • A Roadmap for the Next Decade, informed by multi-stakeholder inputs, setting out an implementation strategy with goals and targets for States, business enterprises and associations, international organizations and other actors, to be launched at a dedicated event marking the tenth anniversary of the UNGPs.

Other key milestones for the process leading up to the launch of the Roadmap include the launch event on 7 July in collaboration with the Government of Germany as it assumed the Presidency of the Council of the European Union, regional consultations in collaboration with UNDP and OHCHR, and multi-stakeholder dialogue in the context of the UN Forum on Business and Human Rights

Working Group statements


Working Group
Issues in focus
UN Forum on BHR
Regional events
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