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The UN Guiding Principles on Business & Human Rights

The United Nations Guiding Principles on Business & Human Rights

The UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs) were proposed by UN Special Representative on business & human rights John Ruggie, and endorsed by the UN Human Rights Council in June 2011. In the same resolution, the UN Human Rights Council established the UN Working Group on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises.

An important element of the mandate of the Working Group is to promote the effective and comprehensive dissemination and implementation of the UNGPs. Thus, the Working Group strongly encourages all States to develop, enact and update a national action plan on business and human rights as part of the State responsibility to disseminate and implement the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

Development of the Irish National Plan on Business and Human Rights

The Irish Government decided on 24 June 2014 that Ireland would develop a National Plan for the implementation of the UNGPs. The Human Rights Unit of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is leading the process for the development of the plan. The objective of the plan will be to inform public and private policy making in relation to the human rights impacts of business activities. The plan will aim to support the implementation of the UN Guiding Principles by providing companies with guidance on how to ensure respect for human rights in their activities, including companies operating in Ireland and Irish companies operating overseas.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade invited submissions from interested parties before 1 March 2015 and received a variety of detailed submissions from civil society and the business community. For more information on the development of the National Plan on Business and Human Rights and for all submissions in relation to the Plan please see the following link: 

Development of the Irish National Plan on Business and Human Rights