Supported by the Government of Japan
The global discourse on the responsibility of the business sector to uphold human rights has been rapidly growing in the last decade thanks to strong advocacy from civil society, investor interest, consumer pressure, and regulatory demands.
More and more forward-looking companies are responding to this call by adopting human rights policies, engaging in human rights due diligence (HRDD), and implementing operational-level grievance mechanisms. In doing so, they have turned to the standards contained in the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs), the most authoritative and widely adopted set of principles for responsible business, endorsed in 2011.
This is happening alongside a growing trend of leading economies giving effect to the UNGPs by adopting mandatory due diligence norms that require businesses to identify, prevent and mitigate the adverse impacts of their operations on people.
In the last three years, the Government of Japan has been at the forefront of this discourse in Asia. In 2020 it adopted a National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights, and Guidelines on Respecting Human Rights in Responsible Supply Chains were launched in September 2022.
To support the growing interest of Japanese business actors to build their capacity in carrying out HRDD, and in support of more responsible global supply chains, UNDP has partnered with the Government of Japan to support the implementation of the UNGPs in Ghana, Indonesia, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Lao PDR, Mexico, Mongolia, Mozambique, Nepal, Pakistan, Peru, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, Viet Nam.
Preserving the competitiveness of Japanese companies by promoting human rights due diligence throughout their supply chains through the B+HR Academy.
- Conduct context assessment studies on responsible business practices to map human rights risks that Japanese companies and their affiliates may face
- Offer tailored human rights due diligence trainings for Japanese companies and their affiliates
- Provide closed-door guidance and business advisory sessions for individual Japanese companies interested in an initial expert review on their readiness to implement human rights due diligence and/or human rights impact assessment
Advancing responsible business policies to level the playing field in countries where Japanese companies operate.
- Advocate for the adoption or support the implementation of national action plans on business and human rights or similar policies
- Provide technical support to develop preliminary baseline or landscape assessment on business and human rights
- Facilitate stakeholder consultations and peer learning opportunities among States for the development of policy instruments
From consultations on national action plans on business and human rights to human rights due diligence training for businesses, B+HR global is working in partnership with governments, businesses, and civil society around the globe to promote responsible business conduct.
Learn more about activities in our project countries.