General

1. Tools & guidance

2. Examples of implementation & uses

3. Commentaries

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1. Tools & guidance

Human Rights Due Diligence Project: Database of Due Diligence Regulations, Apr 2013

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
See p.12, 56-58

European Union: "Presentation of Richard Howitt MEP, European Parliament Rapporteur on Corporate Social Responsibility, on 'Challenges for the State Duty to Protect" to the UN Forum on Business and Human Rights", 5 Dec 2012
For more from UN Forum on Business and Human Rights, click here.

Govts. (general): “Human Rights Due Diligence – The Role of States”, Professor Olivier De Schutter, Professor Anita Ramasastry, Mark B. Taylor, Robert C. Thompson, commissioned by International Corporate Accountability Roundtable (ICAR), the European Coalition for Corporate Justice (ECCJ), the Canadian Network on Corporate Accountability (CNCA), 3 Dec 2012
- update of report, Nov 2013

Mongolia: “Unclear responsibilities between government and business and weak enforcement threaten to leave human rights on the sidelines, says UN human rights expert group”, UN expert Working Group on Human Rights and Business, 17 Oct 2012
The UN Working Group “called on the Government…to further clarify the respective roles and responsibilities of Government and business with regard to human rights”.


2. Examples of implementation & uses

"State of Play: Human Rights within the Political Economies of States – Avenues for Application", Institute for Human Rights and Business, 1 Apr 2014
See Chapter 3

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
See p.7-8

USA: Diplomatic note cites examples of govt. practices related to business & human rights, 5 Dec 2012 

Australia: “The State Duty To Protect: Government experiences and steps taken towards implementing the Guiding Principles and identifying opportunities for implementation: Intervention by Australia”, 4 Dec 2012
For more from UN Forum on Business and Human Rights, click here.

Denmark: "New institution to ensure that companies respect human rights", Danish Responsibility, 1 Nov 2012

UK: "Human rights reporting to be mandatory for quoted companies in the UK", Steve Gibbones, Ergon Associates, 26 Oct 2012

Netherlands: ”Contribution by the government of the Netherlands to the renewed EU-strategy for CSR”, Govt. of the Netherlands, Jul 2012

Norway: "Report: Mining company does not act in accordance with the OECD Guidelines", Norwegian Govt. National Contact Point for the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Entreprises, 30 Nov 2011
"The NCP recommends the company to establish a grievance management system in accordance with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights..."

UK: "UK NCP Follow-up statement: Complaint from Corner House et al against BTC Corporation", UK National Contact Point for the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, 5 Oct 2011

Australia: "Business and Human Rights Framework: The Australian Response", report from workshop hosted by Univ. of Melbourne School of Social and Political Sciences, Centre for Employment & Labour Relations Law at Melbourne Law School, Australian Institute of Employment Rights, 28 Nov 2011

Netherlands: "Motie van het lid Peters C.S." [original in Dutch], Peters, Timmermans, Hachchi, Van Bommel, Dutch Parliament, 28 Jun 2011
On 30 June, the Dutch parliament passed a motion requesting the government to provide a plan on how it intends to implement the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.  Motion only available in Dutch.

3. Commentaries

"Human rights are not a gift, but a duty", Peter Niggli, Alliance Sud, 14 Jul 2014

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