National action plans on business and human rights
The 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.
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:
- 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
States in which either the NHRI or civil society have begun steps in the development of a national action plan
- South Africa
- The Philippines
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.