Protocol forced labour
On 28 September 2017, Switzerland deposited the instrument of ratification of the Protocol of 2014 to the Convention on Forced Labor of the International Labour Organization (ILO).

The Protocol to the Forced Labour Convention of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) enters into force for Switzerland on 28 September 2018. The Protocol strengthens the international legal framework in the worldwide combat against forced labour and human trafficking. The SECO organizes an event about this topic.

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National action plan for the implementation of the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights

On 9 December 2016 the Federal Council adopted a report outlining a National Action Plan (NAP) for the implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. Switzerland is one of the first countries to adopt such a strategy in order to promote coherence between business activities and human rights.

The document sets out the expectations of the Federal Council with regard to the corporate sector, and presents – by means of 50 policy instruments – how Switzerland will implement the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. The objective of the NAP is to improve the protection of human rights in the context of business activities. It also helps to raise awareness among and facilitate cooperation with the corporate sector, and also to improve the consistency of government action.

The multipartite advisory group for the National action plan implementing the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights unites since 2017 representatives of business associations, the civil society, the scientific community and the Confederation. The advisory group is consulted when questions of substance or strategic issues concerning the implementation of the NAP arise.

UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights


The UN Human Rights Council endorsed the UNGP in June 2011. The UN Guiding Principles (UNGP) are rooted in an awareness that corporate activities can also have adverse human rights impacts.

The UNGP represent an important step towards closing the governance gaps. They define the international policy framework for the State duty to protect, and corporate responsibility with regard to human rights. The UN Guiding Principles rest on three pillars:

UNGP pillars


The coordination office of the National action plan on business and human rights is affiliated to the SECO and the Human Security division of the FDFA.We respond to your questions by e-mail:





Training: "Human Rights Due Diligence in Practice"
Date: 20.11.2018
Time: 18:00-21:00
Place: Geneva

For further information: here

Training: "For SME in the Swiss chocolate industry: integrating human rights due diligence into procurement practices"
Date: 21.11.2018
Time: 09:00-13:30
Place: Berne

For further information: here

Workshop: «Devoir de diligence pour les PME : Comment mettre en pratique les pratique les enjeux liés aux droits de l’Homme »
Date: 23.11.2018
Time: 10:00-12:00
Place: Geneva

For further information: here

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