National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs)

1. International cooperation

2. National implementation & uses

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1. International cooperation

European Natl. Human Rights Institutions provide recommendations for revision of EU CSR policy, May 2015

Working Group on Business and Human Rights, International Coordinating Committee of NHRIs: "EBRD Review of Good Governance Policies – Environmental and Social Policy Submission of Working Group on Business and Human Rights of the International Coordinating Committee of NHRIs", Mar 2014

Danish Institute for Human Rights & ICAR release report on National Action Plans on business & human rights, Jul 2014
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10 Criteria for National Action Plans (NAPs) on Business and Human Rights
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A Toolkit for the Development, Implementation, and Review of State Commitments to Business and Human Rights Frameworks

Danish Institute for Human Rights, French National Consultative Commission on Human Rights and German Institute for Human Rights: "Submission to OECD Consultation between Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and Members of the OECD’s Working Party on Export Credits and Credit Guarantees (ECG)", 19 Nov 2013

"Business and Human Rights Guidebook for National Human Rights Institutions", Working Group on Business and Human Rights of the International Coordinating Committee for the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights, 1 Nov 2013
Also available in French & Spanish

Africa: "Upcoming African Civil Society Dialogue and Consultation with NANHRI Members on the National Action Plans (NAPs) Project" International Corporate Accountability Roundtable (ICAR) & Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR), 21 Nov 2013

Jordan National Centre for Human Rights & Intl. Coordinating Committee of NHRIs: "Priorities for Action and Collaboration with National Human Rights Institutions: Statement during Closing Session of UN Forum on Business & Human Rights", 5 Dec 2012
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Canadian Human Rights Commission & ICC Working Group on Business & Human Rights: Remarks at UN Forum on Business & Human Rights, 5 Dec 2012
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OECD: "OECD and National Human Rights Institutions join forces to promote respect of human rights by multinational companies", 7 Nov 2012
- also provided: Memorandum of Understanding

European Group of NHRIs: "Implementing the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights: Discussion paper on national implementation plans for EU Member States", 21 Jun 2012

Canada, Denmark, Ghana, Scotland NHRIs: "Engaging in the Universal Periodic Review process and follow-up on business and human rights", 2012

Philippine & Canada NHRIs: "Business Women's and Children's Rights", 2012

Margaret Jungk, UN Working Group on business & human rights: Letter to Rosslyn Noonan (Chair, Intl. Coordinating Committee of NHRIs) & David Langtry (Chair, ICC Working Group on Human Rights & Business), 11 Nov 2011

Red de Instituciones Nacionales para la Promoción y Protección de los Derechos Humanos del Continente Americano: "Regional seminar of the Americas on business and human rights: Declaration and Action Plan", 9-10 Nov 2011

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon: "Secretary-General Stresses Role of Businesses in Support of Human Rights", UN Department of Public Information, 11 Oct 2011 - remarks to Asia-Pacific regional conference on business & human rights: "The 'Protect, Respect, Remedy' framework...sets out guiding principles and was endorsed unanimously by the Human Rights Council....National human rights institutions have an important contribution to make."

“Asia Pacific Forum on National Human Rights Institutions: Regional Conference on Business and Human Rights: Outcome Statement”, 11-13 Oct 2011

Network of African NHRIs: "Recommendations on the Plan of Action on Business and Human Rights", 2 Oct 2011

Intl. Coordinating Committee of NHRIs ("ICC"): "Business and Human Rights", Aug 2011


2. National implementation & uses

Malaysia: Strategic Framework for a National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights for Malaysia, Mar 2015

Ghana: Workshop on UN Guiding Principles, CHRAJ, Shift, SOMO - Accra, 9 Jul 2014

Kenya: "Forgotten in the Scramble for Lamu: A Position Paper in the Case of the Aweer and The Fisherfolk", Kenya Human Rights Commission, 18 Jun 2014

Libya: "Libyan human rights organisation sets precedent in Maghreb", Libya Herald, 23 Feb 2014

France: "Business and human rights: opinion on the issues associated with the application by France of the United Nations' Guiding Principles", Commission nationale consultative des droits de l'homme (Natl. consultative commission on human rights), France, 24 Oct 2013

"The Role of National Human Rights Institutions in the Implementation of the UN Guiding Principles", Veronika Haász, in Human Rights Review, Jun 2013

UK: A guide to business and human rights: How human rights can add value to your business, UK Equality & Human Rights Commission, Mar 2013
Focuses on small businesses

Indonesia: "Corporations' complicity in human rights abuses", Mimin Dwi Hartono, investigator National Commission on Human Rights in Jakarta Post, 3 Jan 2013

Mongolia: "Why human rights matter: a resource guide for integrating human rights into Communities and Social Performance work at Rio Tinto", Rio Tinto in partnership with Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining at Sustainable Minerals Institute at The University of Queensland, Jan 2013
See case study 8.

Jordan National Centre for Human Rights & Intl. Coordinating Committee of NHRIs: "Priorities for Action and Collaboration with National Human Rights Institutions: Statement during Closing Session of UN Forum on Business & Human Rights", 5 Dec 2012
For more from UN Forum click here

Canadian Human Rights Commission & ICC Working Group on Business & Human Rights: Remarks at UN Forum on Business & Human Rights, 5 Dec 2012
For more from UN Forum click here

Mexico: Statement by Human Rights Commission of the State of Nuevo Leon to UN Forum on Business and Human Rights, 3 Dec 2012

European Union: "The role of non-EU national human rights institutions in the implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on business and human rights", European Parliament, Oct 2012

Cambodia: "Fact Sheet: Business and Human Rights", Cambodian Center for Human Rights, 6 Aug 2012

Kenya: "Civil Society Organizations Convening on Business and Human Rights: The Extractive Industry in Kenya", Kenya National Commission on Human Rights, 19-20 Jun 2012

Canada, Denmark, Ghana, Scotland NHRIs: "Engaging in the Universal Periodic Review process and follow-up on business and human rights", 2012

Philippine & Canada NHRIs: "Business Women's and Children's Rights", 2012

India: "Feedback Form - Request for Input by National Human Rights Institutions to the 8 Dec 2011 ICC Submission to the United Nations Working Group on Transnational Corporations and Other Business Enterprises", National Human Rights Commission of India, 30 Nov 2011

Denmark: "DIHR: First to raise Guiding Principles with UN Human Rights Committee", Danish Institute for Human Rights, 11 Aug 2011

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