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UN Working Group

The UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights was established to promote and support the implementation of the UN Guiding Principles.

Background

In June 2011, the UN Human Rights Council established a "working group on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises", commonly referred to as the Working Group on business & human rights, "consisting of five independent experts...for a period of three years". The Working Group's mandate was renewed in 2014, 2017 and 2020.

Current members

  • Ms. Elżbieta Karska
  • Ms. Fernanda Hopenhaym
  • Ms. Pichamon Yeophantong
  • Mr. Damilola Olawuyi (Chairperson as of 1 July 2023)
  • Mr. Robert McCorquodale (Vice-Chairperson as of 1 July 2023)

Mandate

The UN Working Group was established for an initial three-year term by a resolution adopted by the UN Human Rights Council in June 2011, which set out the Working Group's mandate. 
- full text of resolution: Arabic - Chinese - English - French - Russian - Spanish

Featured Contents

Find out more about the UN Working Group's work.

Sessions of the Working Group

Find the latest information and reports on sessions of the UN Working Group

2023 UN Forum on Business & Human Rights

Find information on the 12th UN Forum on Business & Human Rights

Making a submission to the UN Working Group

Find information on how to submit information to the Working Group

The UN Guiding Principles

Find out more about the UN Guiding Principles on Business & Human Rights