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France: NGO asks future govt. to implement recommendations in Natl. Action Plan on business & human rights, incl. civil society suggestions

Author: Sherpa, Published on: 11 May 2017

"Public Response by Sherpa to the National Action Plan for the Implementation of UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights", 11 May 2017

Sherpa welcomes the publication, on April 26th 2017, of a National Action Plan (NAP) for the implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. We now call upon the next government to take the steps set out in the NAP, and remain attentive to the expectations of civil society which were not included...

Sandra Cossart, co-reporter of the draft NAP at the national CSR platform, also in charge of the Globalisation and Human Rights Programme at Sherpa, regrets the almost systematic refusal of regulatory constraints by members of the economic sector, such as certain business organizations.

The French NAP nevertheless contains encouraging provisions. It includes a mechanism for monitoring and evaluating the recommendations by the National Consultative Commission for Human Rights (CNCDH), and a number of steps to be implemented such as granting appropriate operating funds to the OECD’s National Contact Point, or facilitating access to the French and European markets to goods and services produced in compliance with human rights...

Sherpa therefore calls upon the next government to implement the measures set out in the NAP and to take into account civil society recommendations.

 

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