International Corporate Accountability Roundtable

Helping create and benchmark National Action Plans

National Action Plans on business and human rights are government led policy documents that spell out priorities and future commitments in relation to implementing the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and other business and human rights frameworks.

The United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (“Guiding Principles”), which were unanimously endorsed by the U.N. Human Rights Council in June 2011, affirm that business enterprises have a responsibility respect human rights, and that States have a duty to ensure that they do so. Following the adoption of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, the UN Human Rights Council called on all Member States to draft NAPs.

We work to create and implement broad and strategic guidance in relation to the process, content, and follow-up of NAPs on business and human rights.

This work ranges from close collaboration with local civil society actors to strategic advisement of government actors in countries working towards the creation of a NAP on business and human rights, creating thematic guidance for NAP processes, and assessing existing NAPs.

The “NAPs Toolkit” contained in the report is comprised of 3 main components:

1. The National Baseline Assessment (NBA) Template

The NBA Template helps stakeholders conduct a baseline assessment, enabling a systematic evaluation of a State’s current implementation of business and human rights frameworks that is based on an inclusive and transparent process. 

2. The National Action Plan (NAP) Guide

The NAP Guide lays out a set of criteria to help design and plan a State’s process to develop its NAP, from beginning to end, as well as the scope, content, and priorities of the NAP.

3. Monitoring and Review of NAPs

Analysis and Updates from this Project:

This component provides directions for States on how to monitor and report on the effectiveness of their NAPs, through follow-up evaluation and review that involves all stakeholder groups. 

Among other criteria, the NAPs Toolkit outlines the following 10 Criteria for NAPs on Business and Human Rights. Download them here.

Since the publication of the NAPs Toolkit, ICAR has advised a number of governments, civil society organizations, and national human rights institutions on engagement with the Toolkit and NAPs processes in general. ICAR’s work on NAPs is now structured under the four prongs of implementation, tracking progress, institutionalization, and the provision of tools and resources.

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