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Working Group on Business and Human Rights

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

About the mandate

The Working Group on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises (also referred to as the Working Group on Business and Human Rights) was established by the Human Rights Council in 2011 by resolution 17/4. The Council renewed the Working Group’s mandate in 2014 (resolution 26/22), 2017 (resolution 35/7), in 2020 (resolution 44/15) and in 2023 (resolution 53/3).

As set out in resolution 17/4, the Working Group has a mandate promote, disseminate and implement the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs). The group is also mandated to exchange and promote good practices and lessons learned on the implementation of the UNGPs, and to assess and make recommendations thereon.

In addition, as per Human Rights Council resolutions 17/4 and 35/7, the Working Group guides and chairs the UN Forum on Business and Human Rights, which was established by the Human Rights Council in 2011 and has become the world's largest global gathering on business and human rights. The Forum serves as a key global platform for stakeholders to discuss trends and challenges in the implementation of the UNGPs and promote dialogue and cooperation on issues linked to business and human rights.

Learn more about the mandate and the working methods of the group.

About the members

The Working Group is composed of five independent experts of balanced geographical representation. Collectively, these experts bring diverse skills and experience on the advancement of business respect for human rights across a wide range of countries, issues, and sectors. Access biographies of the members of the Working Group.

Contact Information

Working Group on Business and Human Rights
Palais des Nations, 8-14, Avenue de la Paix. 1211 Geneva 10
Switzerland
Tel: +41 22 917 9159
E-mail: [email protected]

Members


Ms. Elżbieta Karska
(Poland), since 2018

Ms. Fernanda Hopenhaym
(Mexico/Uruguay), since 2021

Ms Pichamon Yeophantong
(Chairperson as of 1 January 2023)
(Thailand), since 2022

Mr. Damilola Olawuyi
(Vice-Chairperson as of 1 January 2023)

Mr. Robert McCorquodale

Former Members


Ms. Anita Ramasastry
(U.S.A.), 2016-2022

Mr. Surya Deva
(India), 2016-2022

Mr. Githu Muigai
(Kenya), 2018-2022

Mr. Dante Pesce
(Chile), 2015-2021

Mr. Michael Addo
(Ghana), 2011-2018

Mr. Pavel Sulyandziga
(Russian Federation), 2011-2018

Ms. Margaret Jungk
(USA), 2011-2016

Ms. Alexandra Guaqueta
(Colombia), 2011-2015

Mr. Puvan Selvanathan
(Malaysia), 2011-2015

Forum on Business and Human Rights

The UN Forum established by the Human Rights Council in 2011 has become the world's largest global gathering on business and human rights. The three-day conference is held annually in Geneva, normally in November. It is guided and chaired by the Working Group on Business and Human Rights, as per Human Rights Council resolutions 17/4 and 35/7.

The Forum serves as a key global platform for stakeholders to ”discuss trends and challenges in the implementation of the Guiding Principles and promote dialogue and cooperation on issues linked to business and human rights.” It is open to States, business enterprises and associations, civil society organisations, trade unions, victims, academics, students, the media and any other relevant stakeholder.

Please see the webpage of the Forum for further information.