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Attorney General says Kenya "has committed to developing a National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights"

Author: Githu Muigai, Attorney General (Kenya), Published on: 1 March 2016

"Kenyan Government Commits to Develop a National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights"

Kenya has committed to developing a National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights, a comprehensive strategy for protecting against human rights abuses by companies…

Recent years have seen a significant increase in foreign investment and remarkable growth in the domestic private sector. While these trends may support sustainable development, they may also adversely affect workers' rights, communities and the environment. Adverse effects involving companies range from community displacements, child labour, environmental degradation and detestable working conditions. Without deliberate state stewardship, Kenya's expanding investments may lead to unmitigated violations…

The development of a National Action Plan encompasses a deliberative, consultative and facts-based process. As an initial step, the government has commissioned a survey of human rights impacts linked to business activities in Kenya. This includes the full range of internationally and regionally recognized human rights, including labour conditions, environmental management and the collection and distribution of revenues. It will also encompass companies of all industries and sizes, in both the formal and informal sectors.

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