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Responding department: Foreign Economic Relations Department

Has your government undertaken new business & human rights initiatives or strengthened existing ones since the endorsement of the UN Guiding Principles in June 2011?

Yes

What are the top 5 priority issues that your government has taken steps to address since June 2011?

Types of company impacts prioritised:

  • Health (including environmental health, workplace health & safety)
  • Forced labour & trafficking
  • Housing
  • Impacts on children, including child labour
  • Migrant workers

Other actions

Actions taken include:

  • Legislative or constitutional
  • Regulatory
  • State finance such as export credit agencies, other government loans or guarantees
  • Company reporting requirements on human rights
  • Investment & trade treaties

Which factors impede your government’s ability to take action on business and human rights?

Most important factor:

  • Opposition by economic interest groups or business associations
  • Challenges of coordinating across government departments

Significant factor:

  • Lack of resources for enforcement, monitoring and prosecution
  • Opposition or lack of consensus within government
  • Other opposition by infulential people or groups outside government
  • Political limitations imposed by foreign governments or multilateral institutions
  • Concern about deterring foreign investment
  • Lack of understanding or awareness of business & human rights in government