Business and Human Rights

NHRI Capacity Building
The UN Human Rights Council's June 2011 Resolution on Business and Human Rights,

"...welcomes the important role of national human rights institutions established in accordance with the Paris Principles in relation to business and human rights, and encourages national human rights institutions to further develop their capacity to fulfil that role effectively, including with the support of the Office of the High Commissioner and in addressing all relevant actors".  

In the 2010 Edinburgh Declaration, NHRIs also highlighted their intention to broaden their activities on business and human rights, integrate private sector issues into strategic planning, to share knowledge and expertise, and institutionalise their exchange and interaction. Since this time the Working Group has been advancing a number of products for ICC members:

  • NHRI Baseline Survey
  • NHRI Training
  • NHRI Regional Workshops
  • NHRI Fact Sheets


Baseline Survey

The ICC Working Group undertook a Baseline Survey of NHRIs on Business and Human Rights in 2010. The purpose of the Baseline Survey is to identify NHRIs' interests, capacities and current levels of engagement with business and human rights issues. Twenty-nine NHRIs provided responses to the survey, comprising representatives from each of the four ICC regions – Europe, Africa, Americas and Asia-Pacific. 

A report providing analysis of the results of the Baseline Survey is now being finalized. 

NHRI Training

The ICC Working Group on Business and Human Rights has embarked on a programme to develop training tools specifically focussed on the needs of NHRIs on business and human rights and to support their roll-out across ICC Regions from 2012.


These tools include an ICC training course for NHRIs on business and human rights and accompanying guidebook.


expand Title : BHR Guidebook for NHRIs ‎(6)


It is anticipated that the results of the survey will supply the ICC, OHCHR, the new UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights and other interested stakeholders with a stronger understanding of NHRIs’ current activities as well as their needs and priorities for future engagement, across world regions.​

New Resource for NHRIs – E-Learning on Business and Human Rights

As a companion resource to the Guidebook for NHRIs on Business and Human Rights, and on behalf of the ICC Working Group, the Danish Institute for Human Rights has developed  an E-learning for NHRIs on Business and Human Rights.

The E-learning is a free online tool comprising five core modules.  The modules provide an introduction to business and human rights and the role of NHRIs, as well as focusing on each of the three pillars of the UN Guiding Principles.  Each module takes around one hour to complete and contains introductory readings, presentations, videos, exercises and a summary quiz at the end.  The E-learning is designed to run as an independent learning course, meaning that students can self-enroll and take each module at their own pace. 

The Business and Human Rights E-learning for NHRIs is available in English and Spanish at:

A modified version of the E-learning can also be taken as part of a facilitated blended-learning course that combines a four-week E-learning with a three-day face-to-face training course, providing for a more comprehensive and interactive introduction to business and human rights.


ICC Regional Workshops 

As agreed in the ICC's 2010 Edinburgh Declaration, the four ICC Regional Networks have been holding Workshops on Business and Human Rights. 

Network of African National Human Rights Institutions 
Yaounde, Cameroon, 29 September-1 October 2011

Africa Work Shop Concept note

Asia-Pacific Forum
Seoul, South Korea, 11-13 October 2011

ICC Americas Network
Antigua, Guatemala, 9-10 November 2011

European Group of NHRIs
Berlin, Germany, 5-7 September 2012

expand Title : NANHRI Recommendations on the Plan of Action on Business and Human Rights ‎(3)
expand Title : November 2011 Americas BHR Regional Declaration and Action Plan ‎(3)
expand Title : October 2011 Asia Pacific Regional Seminar on BHR Outcome Statement ‎(3)
expand Title : September 2012 European Regional BHR Action Plan ‎(3)
expand Title : September 2012 European Regional BHR Press Release ‎(3)

Reports to the ICC Bureau


The ICC Working Group on Business and Human Rights reports twice a year to the ICC Bureau.  


May 2011 Report to the ICC Bureau                                                                            ​               



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