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On 15 January 2020, the Federal Council approved the revised Action Plans 2020-2023 on corporate social responsibility, and on Business and Human Rights. The federal government promotes the implementation of a responsible business conduct. It is an important contribution to sustainable development and to solving societal challenges.

The National Action Plan for Business and Human Rights was revised by the Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research (EAER) and the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) with the involvement of external stakeholders (business associations, civil society, academia) for the period 2020-2023. It builds on the results achieved so far and will continue to support companies with effective measures. This includes in particular the creation of support measures for the implementation of human rights due diligence (tools, guidelines, etc.) and cooperation with multi-stakeholder initiatives that can support SMEs in particular.

 

Business and human rights in the face of COVID-19

The coronavirus pandemic is having a significant impact not only in health terms but also in economic terms, threatening to put many people out of work, both in Switzerland and worldwide. Businesses have an important role to play in the fight against COVID-19. They can support efforts to stop the spread of the virus by adhering to health and safety plans and by ensuring compliance with social distancing. 

The federal government put together a preparedness handbook to help businesses develop measures to protect employees from infection and keep a business running in the event of a pandemic. The handbook is aimed at sector associations and businesses and sets out the various (standard and specific) protection plans.  

https://www.bag.admin.ch/bag/en/home/das-bag/publikationen/broschueren/publikationen-uebertragbare-krankheiten/pandemieplan-2018.html

https://backtowork.easygov.swiss/fr/

The ILO has published a great deal of information on the impact of COVID-19 on the world of work: https://www.ilo.org/global/topics/coronavirus/lang--en/index.htm


The State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) and the Max Havelaar Foundation invite you to an online webinar on Tuesday, December 1st from 9:30 to 12:00. Based on the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and the OECD-FAO's Guidance for Responsible Agricultural Supply Chains, this webinar presents concrete approaches for companies to identify and manage human rights risks in the agricultural supply chain. The event is aimed at Swiss companies that are active throughout the agricultural supply chain (private and public, from SMEs to large corporations), as well as those responsible for sustainability and corporate social responsibility (CSR).

Information and registration


Brochure “Human trafficking for the purpose of labor exploitation”

Switzerland is active in combating human trafficking for labour exploitation, which is defined as the recruiting or trading of people who are forced to work against their will. The State Secretariat for Economic Affairs SECO is committed to making labour inspectors aware of this issue through an information campaign and a brochure providing practical tools, such as indicators for identifying potential victims.

Brochure “Human trafficking for the purpose of labor exploitation” (german)


Due diligence procedures for Swiss SMEs in the field of human rights: new brochure

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What benefits can a company derive if it respects human rights? How can it ensure that it conducts business responsibly? SECO and the FDFA are publishing a brochure for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) on their human rights responsibilities.

This brochure gives Swiss SMEs a practical overview of the opportunities and challenges of responsible business conduct. It provides international and national guidelines on this subject. It also provides tips for integrating human rights into corporate governance. The brochure provides an overview of the steps required to implement human rights due diligence. It is specifically aimed at SMEs and provides useful and specific information for human rights risk assessment.

Also available in Spanish / También disponible en español


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UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights

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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

Contact

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:

info.nap-bhr@seco.admin.ch

Media

FDFA: info@eda.admin.ch

SECO: medien@seco.admin.ch

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Further topics

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Documentation

Basic documents and studies carried out by the Confederation with external experts.

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Access to remedy

States and the corporate sector should permit access to effective remedy for those who are affected.

Case studies

Case studies

Business activities to support and promote respect for human rights

https://www.nap-bhr.admin.ch/content/napbhr/en/home.html