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23 Nov 2020

Anita Ramasastry, Chair, United Nations Working Group on Business and Human Rights

Remarks by Chair of the UNWG at Webinar on the “Life and Adventures of the Ruggie Principles: A Snapshot of Business and Human Rights Practice from Indonesia”

Let me begin by acknowledging the major steps Indonesia has taken over the years in terms of business and human rights and responsible business conduct...

[W]e note the work of ELSAM and the Human Rights Commission to draft a national action plan (NAP) on business and human rights. While this was not an official State plan, it was an important step in highlighting the need for national action and focus on business and human rights a policy priority. I am pleased to learn that the Law and Human Rights Ministry has now committed to the development of a National Strategic Plan on Business and Human Rights that will focus on plantations, mining and tourism...

National action plans are vital to local and regional efforts to advance business and human rights, as they allow a focus on local context and local priorities, which is key to the success of any business and human rights platform.

The Working Group understands that there may be several sectors in which the National Strategic Plan will focus but encourages the plan to also consider more general issues given the diversity of Indonesia’s economic landscape.

Thus, it may be useful to consider and address broad-based issues such as the issue of gender or women in the workforce, the informal economy, global supply chains, etc. While the scope of the NAP varies from country to country, multistakeholder consultation and engagement will help identify priorities.

We encourage States to remain flexible and not predetermine the full scope of the NAP...

The Guiding Principles provide an essential road map to ensure both that we navigate the current crisis with respect to safeguarding people and that we will build better forward. Their three pillars tell us what is needed in practice: States must protect human rights, business should respect human rights, and victims need access to effective remedy...

The UNGPs10+ project is well underway in gathering inputs from a wide range of stakeholders globally to inform these two deliverables. I would like to draw your attention to our invitation to all interested parties in Indonesia to have their say through written contributions.