Interactive Dialogue with Working Group on Human Rights and
Transnational Corporations and other Business Enterprises
Statement by the Delegation of the United States of America
As delivered by Cassie Peters
Human Rights Council – 53rd Session
Thank you, Madam Vice President
The United States supports global BHR standards to ensure that companies, as well as communities, benefit from conducting business responsibly and in a rights-respecting manner. Strengthening implementation of the UNGPs is central to this effort.
The report of the Working Group provides critical new insights on capacity and knowledge gaps among stakeholders in furthering implementation of the UN Guiding Principles.
We will consider the Working Group’s insights and recommendations as we finalize the update of our National Action Plan on Responsible Business Conduct.
We have seen significant value in peer-to-peer exchanges by companies, including through the Voluntary Principles Initiative on Security and Human Rights, which we currently Chair.
The Initiative strengthens capacity building by facilitating corporate participants’ exchange of best practices in the implementation of the UNGPs in security and human rights and strengthens civil society participation in multi-stakeholder country working groups.
We encourage all states to consider ways in which they can further capacity building.
I would like to ask: how can states better incorporate capacity building in their National Action Plans?