UNITED NATIONS HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL - 44th SESSION

Joint Statement WG Business and Human Rights

Madam President,

The Kingdom of the Netherlands has the pleasure to deliver this statement on behalf of Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

We thank the Working Group for its continued engagement in the implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, and we welcome the connection that is made in the report between the two agendas of business and human rights and anti-corruption.

The report was published while the COVID-19 crisis casts a glare on the vulnerability of our economies. Today, more than ever, it is vital for governments and businesses alike to take a sustainable, people-centered approach, while simultaneously also fighting COVID-19 and addressing the economic impacts of the crisis.

A human rights based approach to antiā€”corruption must be central in our efforts to build back better.

Humans are the links in supply chains. Therefore, business relationships require responsible partnerships and an inclusive dialogue, in order to increase resilience to future social and economic shocks. Even more so, in times of economic hardship, it is essential that companies deliver on their human rights and environmental due diligence policies to ensure that any risks to persons are identified and mitigated to avoid and minimize harm.

Mr PESCE,

Does the Working Group intend to provide specific guidance on how to effectively integrate anti-corruption actions into UNGP National Action Plans?

Thank you.