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Members & mandate of UN Working Group on business & human rights

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Members & mandate




The members appointed by the Human Rights Council at its Sep-Oct 2011 session for its three-year mandate are:



The members formally took up their roles on 1 November 2011.  In addition to the bios above, brief bios for each are at the bottom of this page on the site of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.  A consultative group to the President of the Human Rights Council reviewed the nominations to the Working Group and made recommendations; its report is here.


The Human Rights Council accepted nominations to the Working Group from all members of the public during June-July 2011 (procedures to apply were posted here).  NGOs proposed a checklist of qualifications for members.


The Danish Institute for Human Rights, where Margaret Jungk is Director of the Human Rights and Business Department, maintains this page about the Working Group and Margaret Jungk's work.




The Working Group's three-year mandate was set out in the resolution adopted by the UN Human Rights Council resolution of 16 June 2011 establishing the Working Group. 
- full text of resolution: English - Spanish - French - Arabic - Chinese - Russian


Its mandate includes:


" (a) To promote the effective and comprehensive dissemination and implementation of the Guiding Principles...;


  (b) To identify, exchange and promote good practices and lessons learned on the implementation of the Guiding Principles and to assess and make recommendations thereon and, in that context, to seek and receive information from all relevant sources, including Governments, transnational corporations and other business enterprises, national human rights institutions, civil society and rights-holders;...


  (c) To provide support for efforts to promote capacity-building and the use of the Guiding Principles, as well as, upon request, to provide advice and recommendations regarding the development of domestic legislation and policies relating to business and human rights; 


  (d) To conduct country visits and to respond promptly to invitations from States; 


  (e) To continue to explore options and make recommendations at the national, regional and international levels for enhancing access to effective remedies available to those whose human rights are affected by corporate activities;


  (f) To integrate a gender perspective throughout the work of the mandate and to give special attention to persons living in vulnerable situations, in particular children; 


  (g) To work in close cooperation and coordination with other relevant special procedures of the Human Rights Council, relevant United Nations and other international bodies, the treaty bodies and regional human rights organizations; 


  (h) To develop a regular dialogue and discuss possible areas of cooperation with Governments and all relevant actors, including relevant United Nations bodies, specialized agencies, funds and programmes..., as well as transnational corporations and other business enterprises, national human rights institutions, representatives of indigenous peoples, civil society organizations and other regional and subregional international organizations;


  (i) To guide the work of the Forum on Business and Human Rights;


  (j) To report annually to the Human Rights Council and the General Assembly..."

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