US Govt. holds final consultation for National Action Plan on business & human rights - submissions & commentary
President Obama announced in September 2014 that the US Government would develop a National Action Plan on Responsible Business Conduct, aiming "to promote and incentivize responsible business conduct, including with respect to transparency and anticorruption, consistent with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and the OECD Guidelines on Multinational Enterprises". The government has organised a series of consultations on the NAP, with the fourth and final one to take place on 16 April 2015 in Washington, DC. Full agenda here. (Earlier consultations were held in New York; Berkeley, California; and Norman, Oklahoma.) It has also issued answers to Frequently Asked Questions about the NAP process.
International Corporate Accountability Roundtable
- created a dedicated website for the NAP process, including civil society inputs, and ICAR's 10 criteria for the US NAP; and
- published a "'Shadow' National Baseline Assessment (NBA) for Pillar I of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs) for the United States", and over 100 recommendations for a wide range of government agencies (Pillar I of the Guiding Principles relates to the State Duty to Protect from companies' infringements on human rights).
Initial submissions to the US Government are here; these were made in the first round of submissions, closing 15 January 2015. Further information about the NAP process, as well as commentary and submissions to the US Government by Business & Human Rights Resource Centre and others are below.