The International Corporate Accountability Roundtable (ICAR) and the European Coalition for Corporate Justice (ECCJ) have conducted structured assessments of current National Action Plans (NAPs) on business and human rights. To date, seven countries — the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Denmark, Finland, Lithuania, Sweden, and Norway — have released NAPs on business and human rights. At the same time, a large number of other governments have begun the process of developing NAPs or have publicly announced an intention to do so. As such, it is essential that the seven existing NAPs be closely analyzed in terms of their content and processes in order to assess best practice and to suggest areas for improvement going forward.
The ICAR-DIHR NAPs Toolkit, released in June 2014, provides a set of 25 criteria by which NAPs can be assessed, covering both the content of NAPs and the process undertaken by States in developing them. The ICAR-ECCJ assessments of existing NAPs builds on the ICAR-DIHR NAPs Toolkit to help provide critical and structured feedback to States who have already developed NAPs and to provide a reference point for States that are on the path to developing them.
The full report, including a cross-assessment of NAPs to date and individual assessments of six out of the seven existing NAPs* in both summary and checklist form, can be downloaded by clicking here.
For more on ICAR’s ongoing work on NAPs, including this report, please contact Sara Blackwell, ICAR’s Legal and Policy Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
*At the time of the publication of this updated report, Norway’s NAP had not yet been translated into English, hindering a full assessment by the report authors. ICAR and ECCJ aim to conduct assessments of the translated Norwegian NAP, as well as future NAPs, as they are published.