Business and Human Rights: Towards a Decade of Global Implementation

Completed in March 2022

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June 2021 marked the tenth anniversary of the endorsement by the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs).

The UNGPs provide a global normative framework backed by UN member states that clarifies state duties and business responsibilities in addressing business related-human rights abuse. Their creation and endorsement represent a major step forward to promoting responsible business in line with international human rights standards.

Since their adoption, they have become the common reference point for efforts to address adverse human rights impacts arising in a business context and have been widely integrated into both public and private sector policy frameworks.

THE UNGP 10+ PROJECT

In the context of this tenth anniversary and as part of its mandate to promote the UNGPs, the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights undertook the UNGPs 10+ project to take stock of achievements, assess existing gaps and challenges, and develop a vision and roadmap for implementing the UNGPs in the next decade, based on its ‘stocktaking’ of the first ten years of implementation.

Our Role

The Geneva Academy supported the UN Working Group’s UNGPs 10+ project since its launch in 2020.

This support is part of a wider engagement with various UN Special Procedures that involves reinforced research, stakeholder outreach, and organization of Geneva-based events and consultations. In this case, it aims at supporting the UN Working Group in its work to finalise the UNGPs 10+ roadmap and its roll-out.

NEWS

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Holding States Accountable for Implementing the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights

25 March 2022

Our new Working Paper examines existing mechanisms at the national, regional and international levels for holding states accountable for their performance in implementing the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

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A Roadmap to Further the Implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights

9 December 2021

A Geneva Academy research supported the entire process that led to the development of the Roadmap, including support to the stocktaking analysis, roadmap drafting and coordination of the consultation and research process.

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The UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights will Turn 10: Our Contribution

7 July 2020

The Geneva Academy supports the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights' project for the 10th anniversary of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

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OUTPUT

Contributing to the Roadmap for the Next Decade of Business and Human Rights

On 29 November 2021, the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights launched its ‘Roadmap for the Next Decade of Business and Human Rights’. This roadmap aims at providing strategic orientation for states, businesses, civil society, international organizations, and others to make greater headway in translating the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs) from policy-level commitments to concrete changes in government and business practice.

Our research supported the entire process that led to its development, including support to the stocktaking analysis, roadmap drafting and coordination of the consultation and research process that generated more than 200 written submissions from states, business organizations, civil society organizations, national human rights institutions, law firms, UN entities and others.

Mechanisms for Holding States Accountable for their Performance in UNGPs' Implementation

Our Working Paper Strengthening State Accountability on Business and Human Rights at International Level examines existing mechanisms at the national, regional and international levels for holding states accountable for their performance in implementing the UNGPs. In doing so, the paper analyses gaps and opportunities and formulates a series of recommendations to improve this accountability.

Publications

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Strengthening state accountability on business and human rights at international level

March 2022

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The Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights

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Past Events

Expert Consultation on the Role of Business in Transitional Justice Contexts

23 September 2021, 13:00-15:00

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Virtual Launch UNGPs 10+ Stocktaking Report on Institutional Investment

17 June 2021, 16:00-17:15

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New Report Sheds Light on what Governments, Business and the UN need to do in Conflict-Affected Areas: but what’s Next for this Field?

10 November 2020, 16:00-17:30

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