Sessions of the Working Group

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21st session: Geneva, 1 – 5 October 2018

Palais des Nations, Room XXI

Consultations scheduled with:

  • Businesses/business associations: Tuesday 2 October (17:00-18:00) – Focus on corporate human rights due diligence in practice (theme of 2018 Forum on Business and Human Rights (26 - 28 November 2018) and Working Group’s 2018 report to the General Assembly).
  • Member States: Wednesday 3 October (15:00-16:00) – Focus on the 2018 Forum on Business and Human Rights with the theme of “Business respect for human rights – building on what works”. The Working Group encourages States to share information about regulatory and policy developments to provide incentives and/or requirements for business enterprises to carry out human rights due diligence. The Working Group will also provide an update on its ongoing projects, including on the gender dimensions of the Guiding Principles, which will be the theme of the Working Group’s next report to the Human Rights Council, to be presented in June 2019. See call for input from States and other stakeholders.  
  • Civil society organisations: Wednesday 3 October (17:00-18:00) – Focus on the 2018 Forum on Business and Human Rights and update on Working Group’s ongoing projects, including on the gender dimensions of the Guiding Principles, which will be the theme of the Working Group’s next report to the Human Rights Council, to be presented in June 2019. See call for input from States and other stakeholders.  

20th session: Geneva, 14 - 18 May 2018

Palais des Nations, Room XII (Building A, 3rd floor)

Consultations scheduled with:

  • Businesses/business associations: Tuesday 15 May (17:00-18:00) – Focus on corporate human rights due diligence in practice (theme of Working Group’s 2018 report to the General Assembly).
  • Member States: Wednesday 16 May (15:00-16:00) – Focus on the development and implementation of public policies to implement the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs), includingNational Actions Plans (NAPs) and the incorporation of a gender dimension into the business and human rights agenda (as part of the WG’s project “Gender lens to the UNGPs”)
  • Civil society organisations: Wednesday 16 May (17:00-18:00) – Focus on the development and implementation of NAPs aiming at implementing the UNGPs, including challenges and best practices with regard to multi-stakeholder engagement in the process and the incorporation of inputs from civil society into the NAP. Civil society organizations can register to participate via https://reg.unog.ch/event/19029/ by Monday 14 May 2018. Audio-conference is also available (for dial-in details, please email:[email protected])
  • Open multi-stakeholder consultation: Thursday 17 May (15:00-18:00) – focus on corporate human rights due diligence in practice (theme of Working Group’s 2018 report to the General Assembly). Interested stakeholders can register to participate via https://reg.unog.ch/event/19029/ by Monday 14 May 2018. Concept note available here.

19th session: Geneva, 5 – 9 February 2018

Palais des Nations, Room VII (Building A, 3rd floor)

Consultations scheduled with:

  • Member States: Wednesday 7 February (15:00-16:00) – focus on alignment of efforts to implement the Sustainable Development Goals with the business and human rights agenda, including alignment of SDG implementation plans with national action plans on business and human rights.
  • Civil society organisations: Wednesday 7 February (17:00-18:00) – focus on corporate human rights due diligence in practice (theme of Working Group’s 2018 report to the General Assembly).
  • Businesses/business associations: Thursday 8 February (14:00-18:00) – focus on corporate human rights due diligence in practice (theme of Working Group’s 2018 report to the General Assembly).

18th session: Geneva, 25 - 28 September 2017

During the session, the Working Group convened separate meetings with different stakeholder groups in Palais Wilson (first floor conference room):

  • Meeting with States: Wednesday 27 September (15:00-16:00)
  • Meeting with civil society organisations: Wednesday 27 September (17:00-18:00)
  • Open multi-stakeholder consultation on the theme of "The State as an economic actor and human rights": Thursday 28 September (15:00-18:00). The consultation will focus on the integration of human rights in the operation of economic diplomacy tools, such as export credit, investment guarantees, export promotion and trade missions. Concept note.

17th session: Geneva, 8 - 12 May 2017

During the session, the Working Group convened separate meetings with States, Business Associations, and Civil Society Organisations in Palais des Nations, room XVI (A building, 5th floor):

  • States: Wednesday 10 May 2017 (15:00-16:00)
  • Civil society organisations: Wednesday 10 May 2017 (17:00-18:00)
  • Business Associations: Tuesday 9 May 2017 (17:00-18:00)

16th session: Geneva, 13 - 17 February 2017

During the session, the Working Group convened separate meetings with States, Business Associations, and Civil Society Organisations in Palais des Nations, room VII (A building, 3rd floor):

  • States: Thursday 16 February 2017 (15:00-16:00)
  • Civil society organisations: Thursday 16 February 2017 (16:00-17:00)
  • Business Associations: Thursday 16 February 2017 (17:00-18:00)

15th session: Geneva, 26 - 30 September 2016

During the session, the Working Group convened separate meetings with States and Civil Society Organisations in Palais Wilson, 1st floor conference room. These were not open to the general public:

States: Wednesday 28 September 2016 (15:00-16:00)
Civil society organisations: Wednesday 28 September 2016 (16:00-17:00)
Business Associations: Wednesday 28 September 2016 (17:00-18:00)


14th session: Geneva,  2-6 May 2016 - meeting in Room XI

During the session, the Working Group convened separate meetings with States and Civil Society Organisations in Palais des Nations, Room XI. These were not open to the general public:

Civil society organisations: Friday, 6 May (10:00-11:00)
States: Friday, 6 May (11:00-12:00)


13th session: Geneva,  1-5 February 2016

During the session, the Working Group convened separate meetings with States and Civil Society Organisations in Palais des Nations, Room XXIII. These were not open to the general public:

Civil society organisations: Thursday, 4 February (10:00-11:00)
States: Thursday, 4 February (11:15-12:15)

12th session: Geneva, 28 September - 2 October 2015

During the session, the Working Group convened separate meetings with States and Civil Society Organisations in Palais des Nations, Room XII. These were not open to the general public:

Civil society organisations: Thursday, 1 October (10:00-11:00)
States: Thursday, 1 October (11:15-12:15)


11th session: Geneva, 4-8 May 2015

During the session, the Working Group convened separate meetings with States and Civil Society Organisations in Palais des Nations, Room XII. These were not open to the general public:

Civil society organisations: Thursday, 7 May (10:00-11:15)
States: Thursday, 7 May (11:30-13:00)


10th session: Geneva, 16-20 February 2015

During the session, the Working Group convened separate meetings with States and Civil Society Organisations in Palais Wilson, Ground Floor Conference Room. These were not open to the general public:

Civil society organisations: Thursday, 19 February (10:00-11:15)
States: Thursday, 19 February (11:30-13:00)

9th Session

The Working Group held its 9th session from 24-28 November 2014 in Geneva.
During the session, the Working Group convened separate meetings with States, CSOs and Business. These were not open to the general public:

  • Business enterprises: 27 November (10:00-11:15) in Room XI, Palais des Nations
  • States: 27 November (11:30-13:00) in Room XI, Palais des Nations
  • Civil society organisations: 27 November (15:00-16:30) in Room XI, Palais des Nations
  • Read the Outcome Document.

8th session

The Working Group held its 8th session from 5-9 May 2014 in Geneva.


7th session

The Working Group held its seventh session from 17-21 February 2014 in Geneva.

Read the Outcome Document

The Working Group held an Open Consultation on Thursday 20 February 2014 (from 15:00 to 18:00 in Room XVIII, Palais des Nations

Title: "The strategic elements of national action plans in the implementation of the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights"

6th session:
The Working Group held its sixth session from 25-29 November 2013 in Geneva. No open consultation was held during the sixth session. The Working Group engaged with stakeholders the following week throughout the 2013 Forum on Business and Human Rights.

5th session:
The Working Group held its fifth session from 17 to 21 June 2013 in Geneva.

The Working Group held a panel discussion on managing human rights risks in the garment sector global supply chain on Thursday 20 June 2013.

4th session:
The Working Group held its fourth session from 11-15 February 2013 in Geneva. The Working Group held an open consultation on the subject of its thematic report to the General Assembly.

Statement on the outcome of the fourth session of the Working Group.

3rd session:
The Working Group held its third session from 26-30 November 2012 in Geneva. No open consultation was held during the third session. The Working Group engaged with stakeholders the following week throughout the 2012 Forum on Business and Human Rights. The Working Group issued a statement on the outcome of its third session, including revised working methods.

2nd session:
The Working Group held its second session from 8 to 11 May 2012 in Geneva and issued a statement summarising the outcome of this session.

The Working Group held an open consultation with all stakeholders on Thursday 10 May 2012 on the themes and methodology of the Forum on Business and Human Rights. For more information on the Forum, please see the page of the Forum on Business and Human Rights.

1st session:
The Working Group held its first session from 16 to 20 January 2012 in Geneva.

At this session, the Working Group held an open consultation with all stakeholders on Friday 20 January 2012, received a number of submissions, and issued a statement on its working methods.