abusesaffiliationarrow-downarrow-leftarrow-rightarrow-upattack-typeburgerchevron-downchevron-leftchevron-rightchevron-upClock iconclosedeletedevelopment-povertydiscriminationdollardownloademailenvironmentexternal-linkfacebookfiltergenderglobegroupshealthC4067174-3DD9-4B9E-AD64-284FDAAE6338@1xinformation-outlineinformationinstagraminvestment-trade-globalisationissueslabourlanguagesShapeCombined Shapeline, chart, up, arrow, graphLinkedInlocationmap-pinminusnewsorganisationotheroverviewpluspreviewArtboard 185profilerefreshIconnewssearchsecurityPathStock downStock steadyStock uptagticktooltiptwitteruniversalityweb

The content is also available in the following languages: 日本語


8 Sep 2020

Working Group on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises

UN Working Group outlines measures for govts. and businesses to tackle business-related human rights abuse in conflict-affected regions

"Business, human rights and conflict-affected regions: towards heightened action", 21 July 2020


In the present report, the Working Group... outlines practical measures that States and business enterprises should take to prevent and address business-related human rights abuse in conflict and post-conflict contexts, focusing on heightened human rights due diligence and access to remedy.


...The Guiding Principles provide clarity on what is expected from business and States in conflict-affected areas. What is now required is more decisive action to integrate business and human rights into peace and security frameworks...

[The] expansion of mandatory due diligence means that the issue of business in conflict-affected regions should gain traction faster, including an expectation of heightened due diligence...

...States should consider, and business should support, the establishment of a multilateral and multi-stakeholder forum to share and build on existing practices in the context of conflict and peacebuilding...


To States:

Home and host States should use their key policy tools and levers to ensure that business engages in conflict-sensitive heightened due diligence when operating in conflict-affected areas...

Businesses should:

  • ...Engage in heightened human rights due diligence that incorporates tools from atrocity prevention and conflict prevention...
  • Develop operational-level grievance mechanisms that have a conflict-sensitive approach.
  • Commit to active engagement with local communities and groups in conflict and post-conflict settings.
  • Ensure that a gender-responsive approach is used to develop heightened human rights due diligence and in grievance, remedy and transitional justice mechanisms.
  • Actively participate in truth and reconciliation processes and provide reparations and guarantees of non-repetition...