Switzerland’s new yet incomplete action plan

Political article
The Federal Council has adopted the Swiss National Action Plan (NAP) 2020-2023 for compliance with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. It does not constitute a solid basis for respecting human rights abroad.

The document « United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. Switzerland’s National Action Plan (NAP) 2020-2023 » was published by the Swiss Federal Council on 16 January 2020. It follows an initial action plan for the 2016-2019 period which was drafted and published by the Federal Council in December 2016, in response to a parliamentary request.
The Federal Council based its document on a study commissionned by the Federal administration « Bestandaufnahme über die Umsetzung der UNO-Leitprinzipiem für Wirtschaft und Menschenrechte durch den Bund und durch Schweizer Unternehmenn ». This study sets out the current status and contains a series of recommendations, only part of which have been included in the NAP. Civil society actors and private sector actors were invited to provide inputs and submit comments on a first draft in August 2019.

Although the 2020-2023 NAP contains some improvements, it does not constitute in the eyes of Swiss civil society organizations a solid framework for ensuring that Swiss companies respect human rights in their activities, and those of their business partners abroad.

Here you find the analysis and comments on the NAP 2020-2023 of the following Swiss civil society organisations.