State national action plans on Business and Human Rights
The UN 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.
Working Group's guidance
To help, the Working Group has produced "guidance" on the development of a national action plan. The Working Group issued the final version of its Guidance on National Action Plans at the fifth annual forum, held from 14 to 16 November 2016.
The Guidance is based on the previous iterations of the Guidance that were issued during the annual forums held in 2014 and 2015. The Guidance was produced following an open, global, year-long consultative process that involved States, companies, civil society, NHRIs and academia. As part of the Working Group's roadmap to produce the Guidance, it published its 2014 report to the 69th session of the UN General Assembly on national action plans. It also consulted with governments on this topic via a 2014 State survey, and it launched an online consultation (Word |
PDF) on substantive elements to be included in a national action plan. If you have any enquiries please contact:
National Action Plan processes underway
The Working Group is gratified to hear that national action plan processes are underway in a number of States. The Working Group would be pleased to discuss any aspect of the national action plan process with States. The Working Group would also be pleased to facilitate the sharing of experiences amongst States. Please contact the Working Group by email at
States that have produced a national action plan
States that have included a Business and Human Rights chapter in their Human Rights national action plan:
States that are in the process of developing a national action plan or have committed to developing one:
States in which either the NHRI or civil society have begun steps in the development of a national action plan:
- South Africa
- The Philippines
Other relevant sources
Global National Action Plans on Business and Human Rights website has a
resource page that includes a “National Action Plans on Business and Human Rights Toolkit” developed by the International Corporate Accountability Roundtable (ICAR) and the Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR).
Information on national action plans can also be found on the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre's website.