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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

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.

All submissions are available in ICAR's website


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15 April 2015

Amnesty Intl. recommendations for US Natl. Action Plan

Author: Amnesty Intl. USA

In preparation for the consultation in Washington DC on 16 April 2015, AIUSA submits the following set of preliminary comments and recommendations concerning the NAP consultation process and the content of the USNAP. This paper is intended as the first in a series of interventions by AIUSA in the consultation process...

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10 March 2015

Full "Shadow" US National Baseline Assessment

Author: International Corporate Accountability Roundtable (ICAR)

The International Corporate Accountability Roundtable (ICAR) has completed a “Shadow” U.S. NBA [National Baseline Assessment] for standards falling under Pillar I of the UNGPs, presented here. It is important to note that this is a living document, subject to continuous developments in the business and human rights landscape in the United States. It is also important to note that ICAR will release the full NBA, evaluating implementation under both Pillar I and Pillar III of the UNGPs, in the coming months as the consultations on the U.S. NAP continue.

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10 March 2015

Key recommendations on Pillar I

Author: International Corporate Accountability Roundtable (ICAR)

The following is a list of key recommendations for the U.S. government to consider in shaping its commitments in the U.S. National Action Plan (NAP) on Responsible Business Conduct. These recommendations directly draw from the protection and enforcement gaps identified by ICAR in the “Pillar I” section of its “Shadow” National Baseline Assessment (NBA) for the United States.

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12 February 2015

USA: Frequently asked questions on National Action Plan

Author: Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, US Department of State

"USG National Action Plan on Responsible Business Conduct", 12 Feb 2015

  • Q. Why is the USG doing this and what do you hope to accomplish with the NAP?
  • Q. What factors motivated the Administration to commit to developing a National Action Plan (NAP)?
  • Q: What will the NAP address?
  • Q. What topics will be included in the plan? What is on and off the table?
  • Q. What is the geographic scope of this exercise?
  • Q. Will the United States conduct a “National Baseline Assessment” (NBA) as part of this process?
  • Q. Which government agencies will be involved in this process?
  • Q. The U.S. NAP is on “responsible business conduct.” How will that differ from other NAPs that are focused on corporate social responsibility or business and human rights?
  • Q. Do you intend for this NAP to include legislative recommendations, and if so how will you engage Congress?
  • Q. How do you intend to address remedy issues?
  • Q. How do you intend to consult with stakeholders?
  • Q. If I can’t attend a consultation in person, how can I engage?
  • Q. Will you engage with foreign governments during this process and if so how?
  • Q. What happens once you publish the NAP?

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15 January 2015

US National Action Plan should include focus on companies' domestic impacts

Author: Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

"National Action Plan must address companies' human rights impacts in USA, not only abroad"

Human rights abuses involving companies occur at home as well as overseas...[We] urge the US Government to not restrict its NAP to companies’ overseas conduct...[We] profile over 100 major human rights lawsuits against companies around the world. Of these, 47 have been litigated in US courts...[Over] one-fourth [of these] are based on human rights impacts in the USA, such as racial and gender discrimination, environmental impacts on health and livelihoods, and abuses by private prison companies.  Some key examples [follow]... [refers to BP, Gilead Sciences, Walmart]

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