Business and human rights: the basics (part 2): the role of national human rights institutions

Business and human rights: the basics (part 2): the role of national human rights institutions

Today, following business and human rights: the basics (part 1) which included 4 key introductory texts for anybody wishing to make sense of this rapidly evolving field and become familiar with the issues, this short overview focuses on the role of National Human Rights Institutions in business and human rights.

National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) play an important role in the business and human rights sphere and are well placed to help align business activities with international human rights standards in line with their general mandates to promote and protect human rights. Some NHRI”s already address many business related human rights issues through:

  • Investigations & complaint handling
  • Monitoring
  • Education & training
  • Access to remedies

For other NHRI’s business and human rights is an emerging topic. Key background materials introducing NHRI’s perspectives are:

The important contributions to the field by academic institutions, civil society organisations, other organisations and individuals are the content for another blog.

For now, all the best and please feel free to add to the list and comment!

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