Civil society recommendations to governments

USA: "Time for a NAP: Five Recommendations for the U.S. National Action Plan on Responsible Business Conduct", Sara Blackwell, International Corporate Accountability Roundtable (ICAR), 12 Dec 2014

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)

Switzerland: "Thesis proposes non-judicial grievance mechanism for Switzerland based on UN Guiding Principles"
Reto Walther, Zurich University of Applied Sciences, 4 Sep 2014

Australia:"National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights for Australia – Briefing paper", Human Rights Law Centre, 24 Apr 2014

General: "State of Play: Human Rights within the Political Economies of States – Avenues for Application", Institute for Human Rights and Business, 1 Apr 2014

Switzerland: "Swiss NAP on Business & Human Rights - KOFF Newsletter No. 125, March 2014", KOFF (Centre for Peacebuilding) Mar 2014

Germany: "German firms ignore human rights abuses, study says", Deutsche Welle, 27 Feb 2014
Executive summary of Germanwatch & MISEREOR report
Full report by Germanwatch & MISEREOR (only available in German)

Uganda: "Business, Human Rights, and Uganda’s Oil - Part II: Protect and Remedy: Implementing State duties under the UN Framework on Business and Human Rights"
Gabriella Wass & Chris Musiime, IPIS & ActionAid Uganda, 31 Dec 2013

UK: "John Ruggie and Shift comments to Financial Reporting Council's Exposure Draft: Guidance on the Strategic Report", Shift, 19 Nov 2013

"Human Rights Due Diligence - Policy measures for effective implementation"
CIDSE, Sep 2013

"Launch of the National Action Plans (NAPs) Project", Intl. Corporate Accountability Roundtable (ICAR) & Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR), 26 Aug 2013
"European Civil Society Dialogue on the National Action Plans (NAPs) Project"
Intl. Corporate Accountability Roundtable (ICAR) & Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR), 18 Oct 2013

USA: "Intl. Corporate Accountability Roundtable letter to US Govt. re implementation of UN Guiding Principles on business & human rights", Intl. Corporate Accountability Roundtable, 24 Jul 2013

Japan: "UN expert urges Japan to put human rights at centre of global development efforts", UN News Centre, 23 Jul 2013

Germany: "NGOS: Berlin Lags On Business And Human Rights", Deutsche Welle, 5 Jul 2013
Interview with Cornelia Heydenreich of Germanwatch

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

Germany: "Unternehmens-verantwortung für Menschenrechte: Ableitung von Handlungsempfehlungen auf der Basis von Experteninterviews und internationalen Fallstudien", Jutta Knopf, adelphi; Caroline Rees, Shift; Daniel Augenstein, Universität Tilburg; Jonathan Menge, adelphi; Claire Methven O’Brien, The Danish Institute for Human Rights; Cathrine Poulsen-Hansen, Danish Institute for Human Rights; Niklas Stappenbeck, adelphi, Feb 2013

USA: “A blueprint for Human Rights and Business”, Meg Roggensack, Human Rights First, on Initiative for Human Rights in Business, 2013
- full report: “How to Encourage U.S. Companies to Respect Human Rights: Blueprint for the Next Administration”, Human Rights First, Dec 2012

Australia: “United Nations Forum on Business and Human Rights, December 2012”, Australian Lawyers for Human Rights, 19 Nov 2012

USA: ”ICAR [International Corporate Accountability Roundtable] Statement to US State Department on UN Framework and Guiding Principles Implementation”, International Corporate Accountability Roundtable, 31 Jul 2012

European Union: “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

Govts. (general): "Digital Freedoms in International Law: Practical Steps to Protect Human Rights Online“, Ian Brown & Douwe Korff, Global Network Initiative, 14 Jun 2012
“In this report we suggest practical measures that governments, corporations and other stakeholders can take to protect freedom of expression, privacy, and related rights in globally networked digital technologies.”

European Union: "The ECCJ’s recommendations on EU priorities for the implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights”, European Coalition for Corporate Justice (ECCJ), May 2012

Germany: "Rights and accountability: The Way Ahead for Business and Human Rights”, Conference report, Berlin, 21-22 November 2011 
“The Conference was designed to discuss policy approaches to elaborate the state duty to protect human rights against corporate abuses”.

USA: "New Guardian film showcases ongoing abuse of civilians in eastern Congo's mines", Global Witness in Guardian (UK), 16 Sep 2011
Global Witness calls for US conflict minerals regulations to mirror UN Guiding Principles.

Denmark: "DIHR: First to raise Guiding Principles with UN Human Rights Committee", Danish Institute for Human Rights, 11 Aug 2011 

Mongolia: "Arrests of Leaders of Fire Nation (Gal Undesten) and United Movement of Mongolian Rivers and Lakes (UMMRL)", letter to Mongolian Govt. by Tricia Feeney, Rights & Accountability in Development (RAID), 3 Jul 2011

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Author: Gabriella Wass & Chris Musiime, IPIS & ActionAid Uganda

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[PDF] John Ruggie and Shift comments to Financial Reporting Council's Exposure Draft: Guidance on the Strategic Report

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Shift together with its Chair, Professor John Ruggie, welcomes the UK Government’s plan to implement the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and, in this context, its amendments to the UK Companies Act to clarify “that company directors...

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[PDF] Human Rights Due Diligence - Policy measures for effective implementation

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Launch of the National Action Plans (NAPs) Project

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[PDF] Intl. Corporate Accountability Roundtable letter to US Govt. re implementation of UN Guiding Principles on business & human rights

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UN expert urges Japan to put human rights at centre of global development efforts

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An independent United Nations expert on foreign debt and human rights has called on Japan to adopt a rights-based approach to its international development cooperation, following a four-day mission to the country... “Efforts to boost Japanese...

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NGOS: Berlin Lags On Business And Human Rights [Germany]

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[Interview with Cornelia Heydenreich of Germanwatch.] Germanwatch and other human rights organizations are criticizing the German government because we think the UN guiding principles are the most important instrument on business and human rights on...

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Germany: Civil Society Position Paper on Business and Human Rights - Expectations of a National Action Plan

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In October 2011 the European Commission asked member states to draft National Action Plans for the implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. The German government has remained largely inactive in this respect. The CorA...

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Author: Jutta Knopf, adelphi; Caroline Rees, Shift; Daniel Augenstein, Universität Tilburg; Jonathan Menge, adelphi; Claire Methven O’Brien, Danish Institute for Human Rights; Cathrine Poulsen-Hansen, Danish Institute for Human Rights; Niklas Stappenbeck, adelphi

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