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22 Mar 2016

Surya Deva, for Ethical Trading Initiative

Background paper: India’s Natl. Framework on Business & Human Rights

...This paper examines two broad questions: first, whether India needs a BHR framework at the national level to implement the GPs; second, assuming that such a framework is needed, what the content of such a framework should be and what principles should be followed to make the process transparent, inclusive and legitimate...The GPs provide the Indian government an opportunity to assess its laws and policies that have a bearing on BHR and consider taking appropriate remedial steps. Doing so would ensure that India’s path of economic development is not only sustainable and inclusive but also free from social con icts. Developing a coherent BHR framework in a transparent and consultativemanner is one key tool that should assist in achieving this goal. The presence of a stable politico-economic system, vibrant democracy, free media, robust civil society, independent judiciary and the rule of law means that India already has the basic ingredients necessary to develop and sustain a BHR framework at national level