Mentoring session for CSOs keen on engaging with the Government on BHR policies.

Mentoring Session: National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights

The contrasting stories of extraordinary wealth accumulation and deep-set, far-reaching poverty confirms the role and impact of business in people’s lives. There is now a growing recognition that businesses also have responsibilities towards not just to their shareholders but also to those whom it affects through its various stages of operation– workers, communities and customers. For development that is inclusive, equitable and sustainable, it is important to effectively engage and influence business and private sector action in India.

Oxfam India’s mentoring programme aims to connect civil society actors and organizations with experts, and provide dedicated support on specific areas of private sector engagement, responsible business conduct and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The first mentoring session on the National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights (NAP) scheduled on Tuesday, August 27, 2019 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm (IST). The session will be conducted online.


To register, please click here and submit your online registration form by Monday, August 19, 2019 or earlier.

National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights (NAP)

The NAP is a policy document which articulates the Government of India’s priorities and actions that it will adopt to support the implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs), which were unanimously endorsed by the Human Rights Council in 2011. The UNGPs are a set of guidelines for States and companies to prevent, address and remedy human rights abuses committed in business operations.

India’s Zero Draft of the NAP, which was released by the Ministry of Corporate Affairs in February 2019, highlights India’s commitments towards issues of human rights violations and responsible business conduct. As the Government moves forward with developing India’s NAP, all stakeholders including civil society organizations (CSOs) and communities will play a critical role in shaping its content and design at various stages of the process.

About the Mentor

The session on NAP will be delivered and moderated by Dr. Harpreet Kaur, Business and Human Rights Specialist at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Bangkok Regional Hub. Prior to this Harpreet led the Genpact Centre for Women’s Leadership at Ashoka University in India, where she steered the agenda on ‘Women, Workplace & Rights’. In her previous roles, Harpreet highlighted corporates’ human rights impacts and conducted research missions in the region. She has a wealth of first-hand knowledge, strategic and implementation experience on business and human rights in South Asia, and bringing varied stakeholders together to advocate collective action for greater impact.

About Oxfam India

Oxfam India is an Indian non-profit organisation that works to address extreme inequality and poverty. Oxfam believes that private sector has an important role in addressing inequality and poverty by adopting the idea of a human economy, which creates decent jobs, pays living wages, respects human rights, and treats women and girls with equal rights to everyone else.

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