European Network of National Human Rights Institutions calls on EU Commission to adopt EU-level Action Plan on BHR

Author: European Network of National Human Rights Institutions (ENNHRI), Published on: 13 November 2019

ENNHRI acknowledges that there has been progress in recent years at EU level in addressing business and human rights issues...

However, human rights abuses linked to activities or products of European business have been increasingly documented over recent years...

ENNHRI recommends to the new EU commission to develop and adopt an EU-level Action Plan on Business and Human rights. 

A European level Action Plan is needed to better articulate and concretise the commitments of the EU and its member states in relation to the implementation of the UNGPs...

ENNHRI recommends that the proposed plan include measures on the following issues: 

− Disclosure and reporting ...

− European Human Rights Due Diligence legislation ...

− Public Procurement ...

− Trade ...

− Marginalized Groups ...

− Remedy ...

− NAPs and peer review ...

ENNHRI also reiterates its call to the EU and EU member states to engage proactively in the development of a legally binding instrument on business and human rights. 

ENNHRI and its members stand ready to engage with the next EU Commission in the process of defining key measures that will reinforce the leadership of the EU and European business in relation to human rights.

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