Working Group on Business and Human Rights
The Working Group
In 2011 the UN Human Rights Council welcomes the important role of NHRIs established in accordance with the Paris Principles in relation to business and human rights, and encourages them to further develop their capacity to fulfill that role effectively, including with the support of the Office of the High Commissioner and in addressing all relevant actors.
This statement by the UN Human Rights Council followed two years of advocacy by NHRIs, led by the GANHRI Working Group on Business and Human Rights, to increase understanding and raise awareness of NHRIs’ role and mandate in addressing business and human rights issues.
The GANHRI Working Group on Business and Human Rights is the first thematic working group of the GANHRI.
The Working Group was established by the GANHRI in March 2009. It held its first meeting in Copenhagen in August 2009.
The purpose of the Working Group is to create capacity building actions for NHRI and regional networks on business and human rights, including in the priority areas identified by NHRIs; strengthen NHRI advocacy in international and regional events on business and human rights and enhance NHRI visibility and communication on relevant information and best practices on business and human rights.
The Working Group is composed of 8 GANHRI members; namely two voting members from each of the four GANHRI regional networks, and a representative of the GANHRI Chairperson designated by him or her, supported by the GANHRI Head Office.
The Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines launched on December 2020 the National Guidance Document on Business and Human Rights co-developed with other CSOs and members of the academe. This guidance document seeks to address the gap in the private sector’s understanding of their role in the respect, protection and fulfilment of human rights in the country, particularly the importance and relevance of embedding gender perspectives in their business operations.