"...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:
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.
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.
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: http://www.humanrights.dk/business/tools/guidebook-e-learning-nhris
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 ForumSeoul, South Korea, 11-13 October 2011
ICC Americas NetworkAntigua, Guatemala, 9-10 November 2011
European Group of NHRIsBerlin, Germany, 5-7 September 2012
May 2011 Report to the ICC Bureau
Report to the ICC Bureau