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National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights

Belgium Current 2017

Based on the UN Guiding Principles, Belgium has introduced their National Action Plan for Businesses and Human Rights

Issuer name

Interdepartmental Commission on Sustainable Development

More information

This plan aims to provide a platform to highlight good practices of sectors and companies in the field and to create more opportunities for dialogue in order to better respond to the complex challenges inherent in this issue. The plan will be particularly careful not to increase the administrative burden for companies and organizations and will ensure that the actions are part of a "level playing field" at European and international level. Many of the actions included in this National Business and Human Rights Action Plan are not limited solely to human rights, but also deepen various aspects of social responsibility. For companies and organizations, attention to human rights is often part of their approach to sustainable and socially responsible entrepreneurship. The implementation of the action plan will be evaluated annually within the Social Responsibility working group of the Interdepartmental Commission for Sustainable Development. On the basis of this evaluation, a progress report will be drawn up. An evaluation of the National Action Plan and the implementation of the actions, together with the stakeholders, is planned within 3 years from the approval of the action plan by the government. At the time of this evaluation, it may be decided to modify or update the action plan.

Organizations covered by the instrument

All Companies

Industry scope

All/none specified

ESG coverage - E (Environment)

Biodiversity & Ecosystem Services, Climate & GHG emissions, Energy

ESG coverage- S (Social)

Human Rights, Employment Conditions, Policies and Practices, Product & Services Responsibility, Social Impacts & Value Creation

ESG coverage- G (Governance)

Accountability, Anti-Corruption and Anti-Competitive Behaviour, Remuneration, Ethics & Integrity

ESG coverage- Eco (Economic & General)

Trade and Investment, Procurement and Supply Chain Management







Date of publication


Issuer type

Governments (governmental department, agency)

Reporting requirements

Other e.g. action plan, strategy, programme, voluntary initiative

Mandatory or voluntary


The geographical scope


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