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.

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:





Workshop: "Understanding human rights due diligence requirements for the financial sector"
Date: 25.09.2018
Time: 09:30 - 12:00 Uhr
Place: Zurich

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Workshop: "Human Rights Due Diligence für Firmen"
Date: 31.10.2018
Time: 17:00 - 20:30
Place: Basel

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