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19 Dec 2016

Gregory Regaignon, North America Researcher & Research Director, Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

Can the new US National Action Plan encourage responsible business under Trump?

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The new US National Action Plan is a welcome step toward corporate accountability, even if it could be stronger. The key now is real implementation by the next administration... [Much] of the National Action Plan reflects existing federal policies and guidance... Yet dismissing this plan as insufficiently bold, inadequately focused on domestic issues, and too narrow in the human rights concerns that it addresses, would be a mistake.  It does include many commitments to promote voluntary good practice...but it also commits the government to accountability measures.  These measures, for example, exclude companies that do not exercise human rights due diligence from Federal procurement...