June 2021 will see the 10-year anniversary of the adoption of the UN Guiding Principles on Business & Human Rights (UNGPs) by the UN Human Rights Council. To mark this occasion, the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights has launched a new project to further drive and scale up implementation of the UNGPs more widely over the next 10 years. The project will take stock of achievements to date, review existing gaps, and develop an ambitious vision and roadmap for the decade ahead.
To inform these efforts, the UN Working Group is seeking input from a wide range of stakeholders and inviting all interested to:
- Respond via the “Have your say!” written input form (Deadline was 30 November 2020)
- Share brief summaries (2 pages) of relevant materials (Deadline was end of February 2021).
The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic only reinforces the pertinence of the standards and forward-looking vision embodied in the UNGPs, of a more resilient global economy that leaves no one behind. This portal will collect key material and updates about the UNGPs10+ project.
This 10-year anniversary is an important milestone but there is much more at stake in our current environment which makes today a real inflection point for the future we want.Anita Ramasastry & Dante Pesce, UN Working Group on Business & Human Rights
Watch the launch event
On 7 July 2020, the UN Working Group launched the UNGPs10+ project at a virtual global event supported by the German Government.
Over the course of the next year, the UNGPs10+ project will look at drivers and opportunities for speeding and scaling up implementation of the UNGPs, including:
Mandatory Due Diligence
Effective legal drivers are critical to creating large-scale changes in business practices. The current momentum among governments worldwide to require human rights due diligence from companies is a key opportunity to advance business respect for human rights.
Financial Sector Actors
The role of financial actors and rise in ESG investing is a significant leverage point for driving corporate respect for human rights. The UNGPs10+ project is carrying out research and consultation in the areas of development finance and institutional investment.
Applying the UNGPs to COVID-19 Responses
The UNGPs are more relevant than ever. It is critical that they are applied when responding to COVID-19 and building a better future.
For other thematic work of the UN Working Group, which will help inform the UNGPs10+ work further, see the official project page.
To remain powerful, the UNGPs will need to demonstrate they can contribute to system-wide solutions to [current] challenges.Phil Bloomer & Mauricio Lazala, Business & Human Rights Resource Centre
Input to the UNGPs10+ project
Find below selected submissions and information on input collected during consultations on the future of the UNGPs. All written input from stakeholders incl. CSOs, trade unions, MSIs, business, governments, national human rights institutions & academics, as well as input collected during the 2020 UN Forum, can be found here.
Consultations with civil society organizations in Latin America and the Caribbean
The UNWG partnered with BHRRC and OHCHR to organise consultations with CSOs in Latin America and the Caribbean on the future of the UNGPs. Three consultations were held - with orgs from Mexico and Central America; with orgs from Brazil; and with orgs from South America, except Brazil.
Gender dimensions of business and human rights
Read the summary report of the consultation in support of UNGPs10+, prepared by DIHR, GBI, WRAW Asia Pacific & RMIT University Business & Human Rights Centre here.
African Coalition for Corporate Accountability input to UNGPs10+ project
Read ACCA's submission here.
Intl Working Group for Indigenous Affairs input to UNGPs10+ project
Read IWGIA's submission here, taking stock of impacts affecting indigenous peoples & recommendations for the coming decade.
Civil Society Focal Group on BHR in Mexico input to UNGPs10+ project
Read the submission by the Focal Group, of which the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre is a part, here.
Global trade unions' input to UNGPs10+ project
Read the joint submission by BWI, ITUC, ITF, TUAC & UNI Global Union here.
Working Group statements
Statements delivered by members of the UN Working Group at various global events
A vision for the next decade of business and human rights
The UNGPs have contributed to significant achievements, but much more is needed to realize their vision, write Anita Ramasastry and Dante Pesce, as they look to the path ahead on business and human rights.
UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights at 10 – A vision for the future
The UNGPs10+ agenda must be used to create a New Social Contract and Green New Deals to deliver greater shared prosperity and security in the next decade, write Phil Bloomer and Mauricio Lazala.