National Action Plans

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1. Latest additions

2. Existing Natl. Action Plans

3. Plans in progress

4. Tools & guidance

5. Commentaries, recommendations, studies

6. Current projects

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1. Latest news

2. Existing National Action Plans

Colombia - only available in Spanish

Denmark

Finland - also available in Finnish

Lithuania

Netherlands - also available in Dutch

Norway - only available in Norwegian (see also: mapping & gap analysis)

Sweden - also available in Swedish

UK - also available in Arabic, Chinese, French, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish / See also: Submissions to 2015 review process

3. Plans in Progress

The following governments have committed to developing a National Action Plan or are in the process of doing so:

NHRI or civil society steps in:

4. Tools & guidance

Guidance on children's rights in Natl. Action Plans on business & human rights, ICAR, DIHR & UNICEF, Nov 2015

Guidance on National Action Plans on Business and Human Rights, updated in Nov 2015, UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights

DIHR & ICAR toolkit on National Action Plans on business & human rights, Jul 2014

UN Working Group on business & human rights: Repository of State National Action Plans
This repository aims to provide easy access to existing State action plans, as well as key public information and analysis on the various stages of National Action Plan development, implementation and follow up.

Centre for Applied Legal Studies (CALS), Wits University: Centre for Applied Legal Studies & partner organizations to develop National Action Plan template to implement UN Guiding Principles, 21 Nov 2013

Andreas Graf, swisspeace: "Developing National Action Plans on Business and Human Rights" [PDF], Apr 2013
Report on procedural aspects of developing national action plans on business & human rights in Netherlands, Norway, Spain & UK

European Group of National Human Rights Institutions: "Implementing the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights: Discussion paper on national implementation plans for EU Member States", Jun 2012

5. Commentaries, recommendations, studies

General

"The role of National Action Plans on Business and Human Rights in protecting human rights defenders", Sara Blackwell & Katie Shay, International Corporate Accountability Roundtable (ICAR), 15 Nov 2015

Briefing for companies on key elements of existing Natl. Action Plans on business & human rights, Global Business Initiative on Human Rights (GBI) & Clifford Chance, Nov 2015

Key take-aways from consultations on Natl. Action Plans in Africa, Asia, CALS-SMU Coalition on National Action Plans for Business and Human Rights, Oct 2015

“National Action Plans: Evaluating current status and charting future prospects for an important new governance tool on business and human rights”, Claire Methven O'Brien & Cathrine Bloch Poulsen Hansen (Danish Institute for Human Rights), Amol Mehra & Sara Blackwell (Intl. Corporate Accountability Roundtable), 16 May 2015

Article analyses role of National Action Plans in implementing human rights norms & assesses existing plans, Damiano de Felice (London School of Economics) & Andreas Graf (swisspeace), in Journal of Human Rights Practice, 6 Jan 2015

Submissions to the UN Working Group's consultation on Natl. Action Plans 
Submissions from Centre for Applied Legal Studies (CALS) & Singapore Management Univ., International Corporate Accountability Roundable (ICAR) & Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR), International Organisation of Employers, & others

Assessment of Existing National Action Plans (NAPs) on Business and Human Rights, Dec 2014, International Corporate Accountability Roundtable (ICAR) & European Coalition for Corporate Justice (ECCJ)

UN Working Group submits report on National Action Plans to UN General Assembly, Oct 2014

Global Civil Society Letter to Governments on the Development and Implementation of National Action Plans (NAPs) on Business and Human Rights, ICAR, ECCJ, CORE, CNCA, 1 May 2014

"Where Do National Action Plans on Business & Human Rights Belong in the Corporate Sustainability Movement?", Joanne Bauer, in CSRwire, 17 Mar 2014

 "Language to be included in a Template for States’ National Action Plans (NAPs) for the Implementation of the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs)", Al-Haq, 20 Feb 2014

[Español]"Principios rectores sobre empresas y derechos humanos: planes de acción", Red Internacional de Derechos Humanos (RIDH), 18 febrero 2014
Recommendations on procedural and substantive issues to consider for national action plans

Australia: Australia: NGOs call on govt. to develop a Natl. Action Plan on business & human rights, Human Rights Law Centre & 13 other NGOs, religious groups & other organizations, Jan 2016

Human Rights Law Centre calls for Natl. Action Plan on business & human rights, Human Rights Law Centre, 24 Apr 2014

ColombiaGuide to implement UN Guiding Principles by govts. & companies, Sustentia (España) y Fundación DIS (Colombia), 1 Nov 2013

Europe: Declaration of the Committee of Ministers on the UN Guiding Principles on business and human rights
Council of Europe, 16 Apr 2014
Calls on member states to develop national action plans

Europe: "Implementing the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights: Discussion paper on national implementation plans for EU Member States", European Group of National Human Rights Institutions, 21 Jun 2012

France: "Business and human rights: opinion on the issues associated with the application by France of the United Nations' Guiding Principles", Commission nationale consultative des droits de l'homme (Natl. consultative commission on human rights), France, 24 Oct 2013

Germany: Report: Global Business and Human Rights: Putting Germany to the Test, Germanwatch & MISEREOR, Feb 2014
- Executive summary (in English)
- Full report (only available in German)

Germany: "Civil Society Position Paper on Business and Human Rights - Expectations of a National Action Plan", CorA-Netzwerk für Unternehmensverantwortung, Forum Menschenrechte, Amnesty International Deutschland, Brot für die Welt – Evangelischer Entwicklungsdienst, European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR), Germanwatch, Misereor, Oxfam Deutschland, ver.di, Apr 2013

Ireland: "A National Action Plan for Business and Human Rights?"
Shane Darcy (Irish Centre for Human Rights) on Business & Human Rights in Ireland, 6 Nov 2013

Italy: "Business and Human Rights: The Italian case"
Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna and the Italian Ministry of Economic Development, Nov 2013
The report is the baseline study in support of the Italian Action Plan to implement the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights

Italy, Spain, UK: Thesis analyses approach in UK, Italy & Spain to implement UN Guiding Principles, Marta Bordignon, Università degli Studi di Roma Tor Vergata Jun 2014

Netherlands: "Dutch National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights", MVO Platform, 17 Feb 2014

Netherlands: "Response to the National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights “Knowing and Showing”", Netherlands Institute for Human Rights, Feb 2014

UK: See commentaries on UK Natl. Action Plan here

USA: ICAR website with shadow baseline assessments, submissions & other updates

6. Projects

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