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Working Group surveys on implementation of the Guiding Principles


Human Rights Council resolution 17/4 requests the Working Group, among other things, to promote the effective and comprehensive dissemination and implementation of the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights: Implementing the UN ‘Protect, Respect and Remedy’ Framework; to identify, exchange and promote good practices and lessons learned on the implementation of the Guiding Principles; and to support capacity-building and, upon request, provide advice and recommendations.

The Working Group conducts surveys among UN Member States and other stakeholders in order to learn about their efforts to implement the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, as well as to identify the challenges, opportunities and policy innovations in this field.

2018 survey

  • Survey examining how States to promote corporate respect for human rights through their trade and investment promotion activities. Read more about the survey and the responses here.

2017 surveys

  • Survey for report on access to effective remedy for business-related human rights abuses. Read more about the survey and the responses here.
  • Survey for study on cross-border law enforcement cooperation in business and human rights cases. Read more about the survey and the responses here.

2016 survey

  • Survey on National Action Plans on Business and Human Rights. Read more about the survey and the responses here.

2015 survey

  • Survey on the roles and responsibilities of States as economic actors, including with regard to business enterprises owned or controlled by the State. Read more about the survey and the responses here.

2014 survey

  • Survey about existing policies, legislation, initiatives and plans by States to inform the Working Group’s Guidance on National Action Plans on Business and Human Rights. Read more about the survey and the responses here.

2012/13 surveys

  • Survey aimed at understanding the early challenges, opportunities and policy innovations by Member States in the implementation of the Guiding Principles. Read more about the survey and the responses here.
  • Corporate survey of business representatives regarding their company’s implementation of the corporate responsibility to respect human rights. Read more about the survey and the responses here.