Joint Recommendations to the United Nations Working Group on Business & Human Rights

  • 11 November 2016

The International Organisation of Employers (IOE), the International Chamber of Commerce and the Business and Industry Advisory Committee (BIAC) to the OECD welcome the opportunity to submit joint recommendations to the United Nations Working Group on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises.

This document was prepared by ICC, the IOE and BIAC. Our organizations were actively engaged in the mandate of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) on business and human rights and, like many others, endorsed both the UN “Protect, Respect, Remedy” framework and the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights as the basis for the ongoing and progressive implementation of the UN framework.

In that spirit, we are pleased to submit the following recommendations on the work program of the UN Working Group to carry out their mandate over the next three years. Our recommendations address four areas: 1) the UN Working Group process; 2) underlying characteristics of the Guiding Principles that should to guide the Working Group; 3) general comments relevant to all three pillars of the framework; and 4) specific recommendations under each pillar.