German civil society position paper on expectations of German Natl. Action Plan on business & human rights

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14 June 2013

Germany: Civil Society Position Paper on Business and Human Rights - Expectations of a National Action Plan

Author: CorA-Netzwerk für Unternehmensverantwortung, Forum Menschenrechte, Amnesty International Deutschland, Brot für die Welt – Evangelischer Entwicklungsdienst, European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR), Germanwatch, Misereor, Oxfam Deutschland, ver.di

In October 2011 the European Commission asked member states to draft National Action Plans for the implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. The German government has remained largely inactive in this respect. The CorA Network for Corporate Accountability and the German Forum on Human Rights have therefore compiled civil society’s expectations of a national action plan in a comprehensive position paper...Our expectations of the German action plan and the implementation process: [1] The State duty to protect human rights: Human rights-based regulation of corporate conduct; Tying the State-business nexus to human rights standards; Ensuring business respect for human rights in conflict-affected areas; Ensuring human rights coherence in international agreements and organisations [2] The corporate responsibility to respect human rights [3] The obligation to provide effective remedy and grievance mechanisms Strengthening State-based judicial mechanisms; Making State-based non-judicial mechanisms more effective; Making non-State-based grievance mechanisms more effective

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1 April 2013

[PDF] Position Paper on Business and Human Rights – Expectations of a German Action Plan

Author: CorA-Netzwerk für Unternehmensverantwortung, Forum Menschenrechte, Amnesty International Deutschland, Brot für die Welt – Evangelischer Entwicklungsdienst, European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR), Germanwatch, Misereor, Oxfam Deutschland, ver.di

The civil society organisations subscribing to this position paper expect the German Government and the German Bundestag to elaborate, on the basis of these UN Guiding Principles and other relevant documents and with the active participation of civil society, an Action Plan for Business and Human Rights, and to swiftly implement this within the next legislative period...Besides a systematic implementation of the Guiding Principles in the German context, we also expect the German Government to actively support the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights in its further work, and to promote capacity building in relation to the Guiding Principles, especially for disadvantaged groups.

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