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A consultant from the Philippines on human rights in business

30 November2018
A consultant from the Philippines on human rights in business

RANEPA continues the series of lectures “Business and human rights” for the participants of the International Club of the Institute of Law and National Security (ILNS) at RANEPA. Agni Mentaki, a consultant to the University of the Philippines, has delivered another lecture.

At the third lecture of the series, the foreign expert told listeners about the implementation of the guiding principles of interaction in the sphere of business and human rights. Agni Mentaki addressed the implementation of these principles by various states. The countries can be divided into three types: those that have already done something in this area; those in the process; and those who only plan to implement them.

The consultant on business and human rights said that states must create teams that explore the enforcement of human rights in the sphere of business. The results of their activities are the developed National action plans (NAP). Agni Mentaki explained that, over 7 years, 22 NAP projects were created and launched, and 29 projects are in the process of starting. There are projects in Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa.

With regard to the observance of human rights in business by companies themselves, the activities of the companies are currently tracked and evaluated by six thematic groups associated with business fields. A rating of the companies has been created based on their compliance with the requirements in the sphere of human rights. The result was the conclusion that only 27% of companies respect the indicated requirements, while the majority of them do not.

At the previous lectures, Agni Mentaki told listeners about human rights and how they are secured in international law, and about international and regional instruments to observe them. The expert also highlighted the principles of interaction in business in relation to human rights.

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