Business and Human Rights Working Group
The GANHRI Working Group on Business and Human Rights
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 GANHRI Working Group on Business and Human Rights aims to support NHRIs in developing their capacity to fulfil their Paris Principles mandate in human rights and business field, both individually through action at national level and via advocacy and collective actions, in the UN system and other international fora.
According to its Mission Statement, the NHRI Working Group on Business and Human Rights facilitates collaboration among National Human Rights Institutions in relation to strategic planning, joint capacity building and agenda setting in the field of business and human rights, in order to assist National Human Rights Institutions in promoting corporate respect and support for international human rights principles; and in strengthening human rights protection and remediation of abuses in the corporate sector in collaboration with all relevant stakeholders at the domestic, regional and international levels.
Mandates and Priorities – 2009
Mandate Area I: Strategic Planning
The Working Group will facilitate the inclusion of business and human rights issues into NHRI baseline research and strategic planning, and provide a platform for regional and international collaboration on joint NHRI programmes.
Mandate Area II: Capacity Building and Resource Sharing
The Working Group will facilitate development of NHRI staff in relation to business and human rights issues and provide a platform for the exchange of expertise and best practices, and for the joint development of tools and materials.
Mandate Area III: Agenda Setting and Outreach
The Working Group will facilitate GANHRI and NHRI participation in key domestic, regional and international developments in the business and human rights field. This includes providing support for GANHRI and NHRI outreach to stakeholders including governments, UN bodies, multilateral institutions, the business community and civil society.