In November 2017, ICAR and the Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR) published an update to their seminal 2014 NAPs Toolkit. The National Action Plans (NAPs) Toolkit: 2017 Edition, can be downloaded here.
ICAR and DIHR originally published the NAPs Toolkit in July 2014 with the aim of providing the first building blocks towards a common framework for developing and evaluating NAPs on business and human rights. Since its publication, various components of the Toolkit have been utilized by state actors, civil society organizations, national human rights institutions (NHRIs), and academia to inform their work on NAPs, including through the creation of official and shadow National Baseline Assessments and assessments of existing NAPs.
In September 2016, ICAR and DIHR brought together business and human rights practitioners from across the globe who have utilized the Toolkit to gather their experiences and collective feedback and suggestions for improvements. The 2017 update of the Toolkit attempts to reflect this feedback, it also provides updates on NAP support and implementation globally, and provides useful and practical examples of best practice from across different country contexts.
As part of the 2017 update, ICAR and DIHR are also releasing an update of the National Baseline Assessment Template for open consultation and road-testing. ICAR and DIHR welcome and encourage governments, business enterprises, civil society organizations, academics, and other interested actors to utilize the template and provide feedback.