The LSE IHRP has released its Guide to Implementing the UN Guiding Principles in Investment Policymaking. The web versions are now available in English, Spanish and Bahasa Indonesia.
- Aims to help States better implement their State duty to protect (DtP) under the UN Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights (UNGPs) across investment policymaking.
- Highlights why investment policymaking should be a priority area for UNGP implementation.
- Offers a practical Guide to implementation by (i) mapping the diverse State functions, instruments and actors that are relevant throughout the life cycle of an investment project; (ii) presenting six key issues that are most relevant for implementing the UNGPs in investment policymaking; and (iii) providing ideas and examples of measures for State implementation.
- Is intended for government officials who are involved in all stages of investment policymaking and for those leading the implementation of the UNGPs; it is also intended for use by civil society, business enterprises and other stakeholders who can contribute to improving the ability of States to protect human rights in the context of investment.
IHRP work on the UNGPs and Investment Policymaking:
This Guide is one outcome of a larger IHRP research and capacity building project on the implementation of the UNGPs in investment policymaking. In late 2015, the IHRP hosted workshops and dialogues in Colombia and Indonesia. The in-country work was aimed at providing recommendations for integrating investment policymaking in the respective National Action Plans on business and human rights (NAPs). The work was coordinated with the officials in each country leading on the development and implementation of the NAPs. Each workshop explored how the UNGPs apply to investment policymaking, and what this implies in the context of each country. Stakeholder dialogues followed each workshop to discuss priority human rights issues related to investment and challenges related to implementing the UNGPs. The dialogues engaged government, civil society, foreign government missions, the private sector, national human rights institutions and other interested stakeholders.
The IHRP work on the UNGPs and investment policymaking has been generously funded by a grant from the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office 2015 Human Rights and Democracy Fund.