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Presidency Conference on Business and Human Rights

On 7-8 May 2012, high-level representatives and experts from EU Member States, international institutions, businesses, civil society and academia were invited by the Danish EU Presidency to discuss how the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights adopted by the UN last year can be put into practice.

The Danish Government was represented by the Minister for Business and Growth, Mr Ole Sohn, the Minister for Trade and Investments, Ms Pia Olsen Dyhr and Minister for Development Cooperation, Mr Christian Friis Bach.

The final report of the conference and the submissions received from different stakeholders can be downloaded below.

The ‘Key Messages’ delivered by the Danish Presidency of the European Union are included in the annex to the report, together with the conference programme.

1. The final report of the conference

From Principles to Practice: The European Union operationalizing the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights

2. Submissions received from different stakeholders

a. Amnesty International

b. DIEH, ETI & IEH

c. ECCJ

d. European Group of National Human Rights Institutions

e. Global Witness

3. EU priorities

Discussion paper on EU priorities for the further implementation of the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights

Background:

The EU Policy on Corporate Social Responsibility

The EU strategy for Corporate Social Responsibility (2011-14) commits the European Commission to publish a report on EU priorities for implementation of the Guiding Principles by the end of 2012. The Commission also invites Member States to develop national plans for the implementation of the Guiding Principles and expects European enterprises to address corporate human rights responsibility as defined by the Guiding Principles by the end of 2012.

The Objective of the Conference

With the view to turn the Guiding Principles into practice for the EU and its Member States, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Business and Growth of Denmark jointly organised the Conference on Business and Human Rights with the objective of providing recommendations for the European Commission on how to implement the Guiding Principles and for EU Member States on how to develop national plans for UNGP implementation.