UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights at 10

“Business and human rights: towards a decade of global implementation”


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. The global consultation process to develop the roadmap will involve collaboration with OHCHR and UNDP as well as a range of other partners.

Key documents

Working Group statements

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, co-created with partners and based on 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 celebrating the tenth anniversary of the UNGPs.

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

Information about consultations and other activities will be published on the project page.

How to get involved

All interested parties will be invited to take part in an online survey and submit written inputs that may be posted on the website dedicated to the initiative.

Key material will also be disseminated in collaboration with the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre.

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