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UN Working Group

The UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights was established to promote and support the implementation of the UN Guiding Principles.


In June 2011, the UN Human Rights Council established a "working group on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises", commonly referred to as the Working Group on business & human rights, "consisting of five independent experts...for a period of three years".  The Working Group's mandate was renewed in 2014, 2017 and 2020.

Current members

  • Ms. Elżbieta Karska
  • Ms. Fernanda Hopenhaym (Chairperson as of 1 July 2022)
  • Ms. Pichamon Yeophantong (Vice-Chairperson as of 1 July 2022)
  • Mr. Damilola Olawuyi
  • Mr. Robert McCorquodale


The UN Working Group was established for an initial three-year term by a resolution adopted by the UN Human Rights Council in June 2011, which set out the Working Group's mandate. 
- full text of resolution: Arabic - Chinese - English - French - Russian - Spanish

For the process of nomination & appointment of the members, click here.

Featured Contents

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2022 UN Forum on Business & Human Rights

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UN Guiding Principles: The Next Decade

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The UN Guiding Principles

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