Submissions to the UN Working Group's consultation on Natl. Action Plans

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22 September 2014

Commentary: Business & human rights expert advises Ireland to consider ICAR-DIHR's recommendations on natl. action plans

Author: Shane Darcy, Irish Centre for Human Rights, on Business & Human Rights in Ireland blog

"Developing a national plan on business and human rights", 19 Sep 2014

In a recent submission to the United Nations Working Group on business and human rights, ICAR and the Danish Institute have identified the various approaches taken by States so far in developing national action plans, including the types of consultation undertaken [includes examples from France, Italy, Mozambique, Netherlands, Switzerland, Tanzania, UK]...Conducting a national baseline assessment, “including systemic analysis and consultation with stakeholders”, is seen as especially important for the “technical validity and public legitimacy” of national action plans on business and human rights. Useful advice to be borne in mind as Ireland works towards developing a national action plan on business and human rights.

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5 September 2014

Institute for Human Rights and Business submission

"Submission to the United Nations Working Group on Human Rights and Transnational Corporations and other Business Enterprises: Concerning substantive elements to be included in guidance on National Actions Plans to implement the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights", Sep 2014

IHRB shares the Working Group’s view that “national action plans are a practical and powerful vehicle for States to effectively implement the Guiding Principles”. We agree that while “implementation can take many forms and that there is no one-­size-­fits-­all approach" it is also important for the UN to provide expert guidance in this area both to encourage greater State commitment to  implementing the Guiding Principles and to provide a shared baseline for assessing progress in this respect. This submission is  structured according to the consultation questions posed by the WorkingGroup. IHRB would be pleased to respond to any questions  and to be involved in further dialogue on this subject.

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Article
4 September 2014

CALS-SMU submission

Author: Centre for Applied Legal Studies (CALS) & Singapore Management Univ. (SMU)

"CALS-SMU Coalition on NAPs: Update & Input for Preliminary Guidance on National Action Plans", Aug 2014

We refer to your call for stakeholders to provide information on substantive elements of national action plans to implement the Guiding Principles on business and human rights...[T]his is our status update of our research for your reference and inclusion in the Working Group's preliminary guidance at the third annual forum on business and human rights to be held in Geneva from 1-3 December 2014...As a collection of organisations from jurisdictions within the Global South, the Coalition seeks to provide an alternative lens through which to understand the implementation of the UN Guiding Principles ('UNGPs').Our proposed working methodology aims to engage some of the issues that have thus far been under-explored in the global conversation about business and human rights, particularly with respect to gender and imperatives affecting developing and conflict-affected economies. The Coalition is particularly concerned that such considerations, which are embedded in some of the UNGPs, should not be lost in NAPs.

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3 September 2014

ECCJ submission

Author: European Coalition for Corporate Justice

ECCJ supports the submission made jointly by the International Corporate Accountability Roundtable (ICAR) and the Danish Human Rights Institute (DIHR) to this open public consultation. ECCJ also strongly supports the use by governments of the “NAPs Toolkit” released by these two organizations following an extensive consultation of experts and practitioners. ECCJ draws the following lessons from the development of NAPs by EU governments...

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2 September 2014

ICAR & DIHR general submission

Author: International Corporate Accountability Roundable (ICAR) & Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR)

"Submission to the UN Working Group on the Issue of Human Rights and Transnational Corporations and Other Business Enterprises", 1 Sep 2014

This submission offers the perspectives of ICAR and DIHR—with the support of the Corporate Responsibility Coalition (CORE), the Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations (SOMO), and theEuropean Coalition for Corporate Justice (ECCJ)—on the open public consultation document released bythe UN Working Group, entitled Practical and Substantive Considerations in the Development andEnactment of a National Action Plan to Implement the UN Guiding Principles on Business and HumanRights...Based on the conclusions of the NAPs Toolkit and our global program of consultation with stakeholders, ICAR and DIHR offer the following responses to the questions included in the UN Working Group’s consultation document...

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Article
2 September 2014

ICAR, CORE & ECCJ submission on access to remedy

"Submission Specific to Substantive Elements Relating to Access to Judicial Remedy", 1 Sep 2014

We welcome the efforts of the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights in developing draft guidance on the substantive elements to be included in National Action Plans (NAPs) for implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs). Based on the research conclusions in The Third Pillar and on the joint report by ICAR and the Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR) regarding the process governments should undergo to develop NAPs on business and human    rights, we offer this submission that focuses on the Working Group’s guidance under heading, Access    to Remedy, to be read jointly with the broader submission of ICAR and DIHR.

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2 September 2014

Submission: Alvaro Amaya & Estela Casajuana

Author: Alvaro Amaya, VP of Academia Colombiana de Derecho Internacional & Estela Casajuana, International Law Lawyer

This document is structured as follows: Part (I) addresses the three first questions proposed on the consultation. These are: what substantive elements should be addressed in NAPs, the considerations of their potential to prevent, mitigate and redress adverse business and human rights related impacts, and concrete examples of good practice related to those elements. In doing so, we will refer to two ongoing processes of adoption of NAPs: the second draft of the Spanish National Action Plan for the implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human rights (Segundo Borrador del Plan de Empresas y Derechos Humanos del Gobierno de Espana) and the Colombian Guidelines for a Public Policy on Business and Human Rights (Lineamientos para una  Politica Publica de Derechos Humanos y Empresas) 2. Part (II) comments on the draft list of practical and substantive considerations to help States to develop and enact a NAP to implement the Guiding Principles included in the open public consultation.

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20 August 2014

IOE submission

"IOE input to the open consultation on substantive elements to be included in guidance on national action plans to implement the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights", 27 Aug 2014

The IOE appreciates the consultative process of the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights regarding the substantive elements to be included in guidance on National Action Plans (NAPs). Based on preliminary comments, the IOE wishes to respond as follows to the open consultation...

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