UN Human Rights Council

UNHRC Working Group Report: Connecting the business and human rights and the anti-corruption agendas

Report of the Working Group on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises

This report was prepared pursuant to United Nations Human Rights Council resolutions 17/4 and 35/7. It was presented at the forty-fourth session of the Human Rights Council on 15 June–3 July 2020 during agenda item 3: Promotion and protection of all human rights, civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights, including the right to development.

In the report, the Working Group examines how the business and human rights agenda, articulated in the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, and anti-corruption efforts, are interconnected.

It examines the good practices that States, businesses and civil society can undertake to address corruption when it has negative impacts on human rights in the context of business-related activity, with a view to preventing such negative impacts and to ensuring access to remedy. It also demonstrates how measures driving responsible business practices in relation to business and human rights and anti-corruption efforts, can reinforce each other to ensure coherent policy.

Section VII focuses on Collective Action, stating that "Future collective action projects could include an integrated objective of preventing corruption and business-related human rights abuses." This is something the Basel Institute is working on through its project on synergies in human rights and anti-corruption compliance.

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