Finland publishes National Action Plan on business & human rights

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22 October 2014

National Action Plan for the implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights

Author: Ministry of Employment and the Economy, Finland

The Ministry of Employment and the Economy submitted its report, a joint proposal written by a working group representing various ministries, on the national implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights to the Government evening session on 17 September 2014. The Government also examined statements issued from the working group report. The national implementation will be launched based on the action plan proposed by the working group. The objective of these proposals is to initiate procedures that will place more of an emphasis on the connection between business and human rights and, in this way, help businesses improve the way they take the human rights impacts of their activities into account. Key aims for the action plan are the legislative report, definition of the due diligence obligation, and the application of social criteria in public procurement. In addition to these, an increase in dialogue between businesses and civil society is needed. Companies need information on human rights aspects to support their risk management work, and it is beneficial for civil society to receive information on the preconditions and opportunities related to business. The action plan has been drawn up in a way that facilitates the realisation of listed actions in the next few years, but also provides a foundation to which new actions may be added. Implementation of the action plan will be monitored each year by the Committee for Corporate Social Responsibility.

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Article
21 October 2014

Finnish National Action Plan emphasises review of legislation, due diligence & procurement

"Corporate social responsibility to be promoted with broad-based cooperation", 21 Oct 2014

The national implementation of the corporate social responsibility principles will be carried out according to the plan presented by the civil servants working group. The government has established that an assessment of legislation, specification of the due diligence, and utilisation of social criteria in public procurements will be key procedures in the implementation process. Assessment of legislation: A report detailing legislation related to business and human rights will be drawn up. The objective of this report will be to evaluate whether Finland’s legislation meets with the goals set by the UN Guiding Principles and, if necessary, present concrete proposals for changes.Due diligence: With regard to due diligence it is important to identify best practices. An increase in dialogue in Finland about the subject will aim to achieve a broader common understanding of what due diligence means, both at national and international level.·Social criteria in public procurements: The EU's procurement directive has made it easier than before to take social perspectives into account with regard to procurements. The possibilities that the directive offers for emphasising quality factors and corporate social responsibility will be utilised in the overall reform of Finland’s Public Procurement Act.Compliance with the corporate social responsibility principles will be monitored by the Committee on Corporate Social Responsibility, which was appointed by the present government.

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Article
30 April 2014

[Finnish] Työryhmän ehdotus YK:n yrityksiä ja ihmisoikeuksia koskevien ohjaavien periaatteiden kansalliseksi toimeenpanoksi

Author: Ministry of Employment & Economy (Finland)

In a government resolution on social responsibility approved on 22 November 2012, the Government decided that Finland would draft a national action plan for the implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights...A background memo...covers Finnish legislation, constitutional provisions and international agreements, as well as other procedures and practices by authorities in relation to the UN principles. The objective of these proposals made by the working group is to initiate procedures that will place more of an emphasis on the connection between business and human rights and, in this way, help businesses improve the way they take the human rights impacts of their activities into account...The working group has drawn up an action plan for improving the securing of human rights in connection to business. The action plan has been drawn up in a way that facilitates the realisation of listed actions in the next few years, but also provides a foundation to which new actions may be added

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Report
1 November 2012

Finnish govt. resolution on Corporate Social Responsibility (2012)

"Government Resolution on Corporate Social Responsibility", Nov 2012

In line with the Government Programme issued in June 2011, the Government supports projects that strengthen international standards and guidelines for corporate social responsibility (CSR), and promotes better integration of responsibility in industrial, development, and trade policies and in public procurement .The purpose of this Resolution is to put Finnish enterprises and administration in a position of leadership in CSR...The Government Resolution on CSR is built upon a notion of CSR as the responsibility of organisationsfor their impacts on society...The Governmentwill develop a national plan for the implementation of the UN Guiding Principles...

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