To advance the implementation of the Business and Human Rights agenda of the European Union and its member states, European civil society and the Kingdom of the Netherlands are jointly organising a pan-European, multi-stakeholder conference during the Dutch presidency of the EU in spring 2016.
The European Union has the potential to be an international game-changer when it comes to business and human rights. The landmark UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs) were adopted five years ago and provide the EU with important tools to achieve business respect for human rights. Despite the overall commitment to the UNGPs by the EU member states, there is still much to do to improve their implementation. The Dutch presidency promotes a two-pronged approach, which is to implement the UNGPs at EU level as well as national level. This entails that the EU and all Member States should develop coherent action plans on business and human rights, including legal and policy reforms