National action plans on business and human rights

Cover of Guidance on national Action  Plans on Business and Human Rights ©OHCHRThe UN Working Group strongly encourages all States to develop, enact and update periodically a national action plan on business and human rights. Such plans are part of the responsibility of States to disseminate and implement the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

Working Group's guidance

In 2016 the Working Group produced a final version of the Guidance on National Action Plans, the result of an open, global, year-long consultative process involving States, companies, civil society, NHRIs and academia. The guidance also builds on the Working Group’s 2014 report to UN General Assembly on national action plans. The Working Group consulted with governments on this theme via a 2014 survey, and it held an online consultation (word | PDF) on substantive elements to be included in a national action plan.

Progress worldwide

The Working Group congratulates the many States have already produced a plan or have taken steps toward doing so. View the status of the development of national action plans by States below.
We invite States wishing to discuss any aspect of the national action plan process to  email us. We would also be pleased to facilitate the sharing of experiences amongst States. Please email us at

States that have produced a national action plan

States that have included a ‘Business and Human Rights’ chapter in their Human Rights national action plans

  • Georgia - Read the Business and Human Rights Chapter within Georgia's Human Rights NAP: English
  • South Korea
  • México – Read the Business and human Rights Chapter within Mexico’s Human Rights NAP 2020-2024 (only in Spanish)

States that are in the process of developing a national action plan or have committed to developing one

  • Argentina
  • Australia
  • Azerbaijan
  • Guatemala
  • Greece
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Jordan
  • Latvia
  • Malaysia
  • Mauritius
  • Mexico
  • Mongolia
  • Morocco
  • Mozambique
  • Myanmar
  • Nicaragua
  • Portugal
  • Ukraine
  • Zambia

States in which either the NHRI or civil society have begun steps in the development of a national action plan

  • Ghana
  • Kazakhstan
  • Nigeria
  • South Africa
  • Tanzania
  • The Philippines

Other resources

The Global National Action Plans on Business and Human Rights website has a resource page that includes a “National Action Plans on Business and Human Rights Toolkit” developed by the International Corporate Accountability Roundtable (ICAR) and the Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR).

Information on national action plans can also be found on the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre's website.

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Working Group on Business and Human Rights
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