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Swiss NAP: Promotion of the UN Guiding Principles on Business & Human Rights

The Federal Council expects companies based and/or operating in Switzerland to respect human rights in all their activities, wherever they operate. For this purpose the Swiss National Action Plan for Business and Human Rights (NAP) has been elaborated. The NAP articulates priorities and actions to implement the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs) 

The UNGPs have become the internationally recognized framework providing a blueprint for concrete steps businesses should take to respect human rights (human rights due diligence). The 31 Guiding Principles are based on three pillars: The State duty to protect, corporate responsibility to respect and access to remedy. 


As part of our collaboration with the Swiss Federal Administration and focusright in promoting the UNGPs, this page offers an overview on events and key resources commanded by the Federal Council to raise awareness of companies and help them to implement human rights due diligence.

Upcoming Events

Diligence Raisonnable e
en Matière de Droits de l'homme - Implications Concrètes pour les PME

FER Genève, 26 septembre 2023
Comment gérer de manière proactive les impacts négatifs potentiels et réels sur les droits de l'homme dans leurs activités quotidiennes

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Swiss Forum Business and Human Rights » 2023 

Please note that registrations are now closed for the Forum as we have reached the event’s capacity. However, you can still sign up for the waiting list in case someone cancels their participation.

Thank you for your understanding. 

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Webinar on certifications, social audits and supplier management tools

October 26, 09:30 - 11:00
Voluntary sustainability schemes such as social audits, certifications or supplier management tools are increasingly used by companies as part of their corporate responsibility strategies. The objective of this webinar is to discuss the contributions and limitations of voluntary sustainability schemes in companies’ HRDD

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Slides and Recordings from Past Events

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Introduction to Human Rights Due Diligence
in German, French, English and Italian


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Human Rights Due Diligence in conflict-affected areas
focus situation in Russia & Ukraine

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Responsible Business in Conflict-Affected or High-Risk Areas
what companies need to know & act upon


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What does effective
human rights risk
management look like?
5 insights from practice


Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights


Practical Guide on Human Rights Due Diligence

Available in German, French, Italian & English


Q&A responsible business in conflict-affected & high-risk areas

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