Italy releases revised National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights following mid-term review

Italy's National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights was published in December 2016. 

During the 2018 UN Forum on Business and Human Rights, Fabrizio Petri, the President of the Inter-ministerial Committee for Human Rights, announced the release of a revised NAP following a mid-term review.

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27 November 2018

Italian National Action Plan on Business & Human Rights - Revised Version 2018

Author: Government of Italy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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27 November 2018

Italy releases revised National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights following mid-term review

Author: Inter-ministerial Committee for Human Rights

Ministry Plenipotentiary Fabrizio Petri, President of the Inter-ministerial Committee for Human Rights, during the 2018 UN Forum on Business and Human Rights, announced the release of [a revised National Action Plan following the] mid-term review.

NAP BHR ENG 2018

On this occasion, [...] the publication "Human Rights and Business: the implementation of principles and soft rules at the national level" (edited by Cristiana Carletti) [was also presented].

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27 November 2018

Italy: New publication looks at implementation of human rights principles & rules for business at natl., European & intl. level

Author: Edited by Cristiana Carletti

This publication has a twofold aim: to promote larger public awareness on this issue, to understand business opportunities in compiling programmes and challenging actions to enhance economic development while respecting human rights and fundamental freedoms; to introduce a brief summary for experts on the recent national activities to address public, private, institutional and non-institutional instances working at the global and regional level in order to adopt common rules to strengthen human rights standards.

The publication is developed as follows: in Part One the first National Action Plan on business and human rights 2016-2021, adopted by Italy in December 2016 and voluntarily submitted to the United Nations, is introduced... In Part Two the most recent documents released in several intergovernmental systems (i.e. European Union, Council of Europe, United Nations) are examined to analyse specific aspects of the issue and to compare them with the Italian National Action Plan and its commitments.

This focus is aimed at giving the NAP an added value, due to its progressive application with reference to some global goals that Italy took into account in advance, calling for business support and its active and constant dialogue to this scope...

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13 December 2017

Operationalizing the UN Guiding Principles on Business & Human Rights: Polish & Italian steps to adopt National Action Plans

Author: Maciej Żenkiewicz, Externado University of Colombia & Agnieszka Smoleńska, Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń

The main aim of the article is to critically assess Polish draft and Italian NAP... Even if some criticism [is] raised, it should not overshadow the general positive perception of the actions taken by governments, who are eager to commit and support human rights obligations of business. Our criticism of NAPs, of its imperfect structure and contents, does not mean that the principles of the UNGP will not be observed, or that those actions are preordained to be ineffective. What is of the greatest importance is its application and attitude of the state to fulfil it...

Our analysis reveals the overall tendency of Polish and Italian governments to reach mainly for voluntary solutions, instead of trying to balance them with legally binding measures as recommended by the UNWG. Time will show to what extent and how effectively both governments will promote their non-binding proposals... Nevertheless, it is essential to avoid the vagueness which characterises both documents analyzed in this article... [I]t is important to [...] cooperate with civic society organizations which [...] demand clear answers and model solutions, [...] but also constantly push the limits and put the government under pressure to improve and engage more.

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2 August 2017

Briefing note on key demands by Italian business for the implementation of the Italian National Action Plan on Business & Human Rights

Author: Human Rights International Corner & Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

...The goal of this briefing note is to provide stakeholders with an overview of the key outcomes of the focus group meeting and lay out recommendations to the Italian government regarding how the NAP should be implemented in order to respond to expectations from business, civil society, and academic experts. The focus group meeting touched upon supply chain transparency, labour rights, grievance mechanisms and reporting, as well as performance measurement of business on human rights...

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Author: Human Rights International Corner & Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

E' disponibile in italiano ed inglese la nota relativa all'incontro - promosso da HRIC insieme al Business and Human Rights Resource Centre (BHRCC) - insieme alcune aziende italiane leader in diversi settori e tenutosi il 25 maggio u.s. a Milano.

Il documento evidenzia le principali richieste delle imprese in merito a diversi aspetti relativi all'implementazione del Piano di Azione Nazionale (PAN), approvato dal Governo italiano nel dicembre 2016.

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Article
27 July 2017

Labour exploitation in the (Italian) agri-food sector

Author: Dr. Paola Cavanna, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

The European Union promotes sustainable development, free and fair trade and intends to protect human rights. Yet, evidence of people treated as ‘disposable commodities’ abounds across Europe, in particular in the agri-food sector: see the case of Thai berry pickers unpaid for most of their seasonal work in SwedenBangladeshi workers trafficked to Greece and forced to work at the main strawberry farm in Manoladaundocumented migrants exploited in the Dutch mushroom industry.

Several research projects have denounced the exploitative working conditions to which migrants are subjected all over Italy: irregular employment, sub-minimum wages (ranging from 25 to 30 euro per day), excessively long working hours (typically from 6 am to 10 pm) not compensated by overtime pay, lack of workplace health and safety, occupational diseases and no access to basic medical aid, shameful living and hygiene conditions...

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25 July 2017

Briefing: The Italian legal framework against labour exploitation

Author: Associazione per gli Studi Giuridici sull'Immigrazione; Human Rights Intl. Corner: Maria Francesca Cucchiara and Anna Baracchi, edited by Paola Cavanna with the contribution of Francesca Nicodemi and Marco Paggi

This briefing summarizes the existing legal framework on labour exploitation under Italian law.The briefing provides a legal assessment of regulatory measures that specifically target undocumented migrants being subject to labour exploitation.

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25 July 2017

Italy: Overview on Legislative Decree 231/2001 and its implications in relation to business and human rights

Author: Human Rights International Corner

Among the planned measures of the Italian NAP on Business and Human Rights, there is the commitment to “conduct a comprehensive study of the Law 231/2001 in order to evaluate potential extension of the scope and application of the administrative liability of legal entities".

Maria Francesca Cucchiara and Giacomo Maria Cremonesi from HRIC provided an overview on the Law and its eventual implications in relation to B&HR violations.

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6 June 2017

Commentary on Italian Natl. Action Plan welcomes call for human rights due diligence by small & medium sized companies in weak governance zones

Author: Human Rights International Corner

...Besides the already-mentioned necessity to promote due diligence process for Small and Medium Enterprises - that represent the majority of Italian enterprises - the text also highlights that need for companies operating in «weak governance zones» to apply HRDD throughout their supply chains, in light of the EU Regulation on conflict minerals approved on March 2017 (pag 23, Part IV B - NAP English version). Furthermore, a number of measures tackling irregular work and caporalato, especially in the agricultural sector, are listed (pag. 15-16, Part IV B – NAP English version). Nevertheless, these are mainly aimed at preventing and repressing these phenomena, whilst the victims are less safeguarded and protected, in particular irregular migrants. Finally, regarding the provision of training activities on Human Rights through e-learning schemes and ad hoc seminars – directed to diplomatic and consular network, competent Government and public officials, judges and lawyers – one more time HRIC expresses its availability to take care and carry on this kind of initiatives, thanks to the multidisciplinary expertise of its members...

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