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Project

In recent years, the German Federal Government has been playing a pioneering role in the current discourse on business and human rights, and has participated intensively in the respective debates on both UN and OECD level. In June 2011 the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights were adopted by the UN Human Rights Council, and now shape the international policy framework for the further specification and implementation of this dialogue. In order to integrate the perspective of development cooperation into this new political sphere, the close involvement of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development is of central importance. The Ministry has already actively shaped the dialogue on business and human rights and provided suggestions for the concrete implementation through the research project "Human Rights, Corporate Responsibility and Sustainable Development", which has been conducted by INEF since October 2008.
 

Against the background of the international debate, the goals of the ongoing research project are to analyze the opportunities for an effective implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights from a development-policy perspective, to provide scientific support to the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development in the implementation process, as well as to develop policy recommendations.

 

Three key issues


- Human Rights Impact Assessments (HRIA)
- Development Agencies, and
- Small and medium-sized enterprises

 

are brought into focus within the research project and are introduced in more detail here. An overview of the preceding project "Human Rights, Corporate Responsibility and Sustainable Development" can be found here.