Introduction

Video guide

Governments have a key role to play in promoting business respect for human rights. This platform seeks to encourage transparency and engagement on government actions to improve business respect for human rights, including implementation of the UN Guiding Principles. It aims to highlight progress and areas for improvement, and empower advocates to press governments for further action. We invited 101 governments to provide information on actions they have taken on business and human rights; both responses and non-responses can be viewed and compared using the platform.

Purpose

  • To encourage transparency and engagement on government actions to improve business respect for human rights, including implementation of the UN Guiding Principles.
  • To empower people to see what their government are doing, and use this information to press for further action.

How to use the platform

Governments, companies, civil society & others can use the platform to:

  • View a single government response: select from "governments" box to the left
  • Compare government responses: use "compare government responses" box on platform homepage
  • Search government responses by keywords, issues and actions (view results as a list or as a comparison table): use "Search" box on homepage
  • Check news and civil society commentaries about government actions: provided with each government profile

Methodology

Between September 2014 and January 2015, we invited 101 governments to provide information on their actions on business & human rights.  See full questionnaire here in 15 languages.

Check which governments responded and did not respond.

Our Regional Researchers conducted a rigorous follow-up process to ensure government representatives had an opportunity to respond to the questionnaire.  We are grateful for various civil society, company, and government representatives who provided support in securing responses.

Feedback

Please get in touch with us at [email protected] with any questions or suggestions about the engine.

Funding

The Government Action Platform was made possible by a grant from the United Kingdom Foreign & Commonwealth Office.