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National Plan on Business and Human Rights (2017- 2020)

National Plan on Business and Human Rights (2017-2020)

The National Plan on Business and Human Rights was launched by the Tánaiste in 2017 to give effect to the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. The National Plan aims to promote responsible business practices at home and overseas, including in developing countries, by all Irish business enterprises.

National Plan on Business and Human Rights 2017 - 2020

An Plean Náisiúnta maidir le Gnó agus Cearta an Duine 2017-2020

The Business and Human Rights Implementation Group was established in 2018 to oversee the execution of the National Plan. The Implementation Group comprises three sub-groups, each tasked with delivering action points under the three pillars of the UN Guiding Principles, namely the state duty to protect, the corporate responsibility to respect and access to remedy.

Pursuant to the National Plan, the Tánaiste commissioned a comprehensive baseline assessment of the legal and regulatory framework pertaining to business and human rights in Ireland to guide and inform the work of the Implementation Group.

Baseline Study Business and Human Rights

 

Consultation Process

The National Plan was the product of a long consultative process involving relevant stakeholders, including civil society and business.

 

Preliminary submissions on the development of Ireland’s National Plan on Business and Human Rights

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade invited submissions from interested parties up until 1 March, 2015, on the development of the National Plan on Business and Human Rights and received over 30 submissions from civil society and the business community. All submissions can be accessed below.

 

Working Outline of Irelands National Plan on Business and Human Rights

A consultation event was hosted by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade on 22 January 2016 on the Working Outline of Ireland’s National Plan on Business and Human Rights. Following an invitation for submissions based on the Working Outline, responses were received from civil society and the business community. The Working Outline and submissions from interested parties can be accessed below.

  • Submissions on Business and Human Rights
  • Submissions on Working Outline of National Plan