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Intergovernmental Working Group

The open-ended intergovernmental working group on transnational corporations and other business enterprises with respect to human rights (IGWG) was mandated to elaborate an international legally binding instrument. This page includes resources on sessions and developments from the IGWG.

6th Session (26-30 October)

The session was dedicated to negotiations on the Second Revised Draft of the binding treaty on business and human rights. Follow the link to read daily summaries, access official announcements from OHCHR and more.

5th Session (2019)

Resources from the 5th Session

Explore documents, submissions and oral statements shared during the session.

Revised Draft - Summary

Read the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre's unofficial summary of the Revised Draft.

Reflections on the Revised Draft

Read commentaries and opinion pieces from thought leaders in the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre's dedicated blog series on the Revised Draft.

4th Session (2018)

The 4th Session of the IGWG took place from 15 to 19 October 2018 and was dedicated to negotiations on the zero draft legally binding instrument to regulate, in international human rights law, the activities of transnational corporations and other business enterprises, as well as a zero draft optional protocol to be annexed to the zero draft legally binding instrument.

Resources from the 4th Session

Explore documents, submissions and oral statements shared during the session.

Zero Draft - Summary

Read the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre's unofficial summary of the Zero Draft.

Reflections on the Zero Draft Treaty

Read commentaries and opinion pieces from thought leaders in the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre's dedicated blog series on the Zero Draft.

Sessions 1-3 (2015-2017)

The first three sessions of the IGWG were dedicated to deliberations on the content, scope, nature and form of the future international instrument on business and human rights. This phase culminated in the third session with discussions on Elements for a draft legally binding instrument on transnational corporations and other business enterprises with respect to human rights.

1st Session

At its first session, which was held from 6 to 10 July 2015, the IGWG conducted deliberations on the content, scope, nature and form of the future international instrument.

2nd Session

The second session took place from 24-28 October 2016 and was dedicated to continued deliberations on the content, scope, nature and form of the future international instrument.

3rd Session

This third session took place place from 23-27 October 2017. The Working Group discussed the Elements for a draft legally prepared by the Chairperson-Rapporteur of the IGWG taking into consideration the discussions held during the first two sessions.