Thailand: What is a NAP-BHR & Why We Don’t Want It?
#StopNAP-ping ⛔ In the field of business and human rights, a National Action Plan on Business & Human Rights (NAP-BHR) is defined as an “evolving policy strategy developed by a State to protect against adverse human rights impacts by business enterprises in conformity with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs).”
🚩 The NAP-BHR shall be a ‘smart mix’ of measures: the right combination of mandatory, voluntary, national and international measures that is needed to effectively foster business respect for human rights.
❗Up to this date, Thailand has 1 NAP-BHR that was launched on 29 October 2019, set for a 3-year working period until the end of 2022. This year will be the final year for the evaluation of progress made between 2019-2022 under the NAP-BHR 1. Meanwhile, a draft NAP-BHR 2 is currently open for public comments (until 19 October 2022) and will cover a 4-year period (2023-2027).
🚩 Turns out, NAP-BHR 1 is not enough... It is an ineffective tool - it is a workplan for meetings - including only weak voluntary actions that barely promote responsible business and don't hold companies accountable. NAP-BHR 1 even failed to tackle corporate impunity and bring justice to affected communities and marginalized groups!
👉 Manushya Foundation, the Thai BHR Network & human rights defenders united their voices and staged a small protest during the Asia-Pacific UN Responsible Business and Human Rights Forum 2022 (#RBHRF2022), inside the United Nations, to denounce the ineffectiveness of the NAP-BHR 1 and call for real mandatory regulations to end corporate impunity! “Stop NAPping! National Action Plans on Business & Human Rights are not enough. We need legally binding measures to bring about real corporate accountability!", said Emilie Pradichit, Founder & Executive Director of Manushya Foundation, in a powerul statement while moderating the “CSO Safe Space” session ✊
✊ Not only we denounced the ineffectiveness of the NAP-BHR 1, but we also gathered to discuss the draft NAP-BHR 2 to develop comments we will submit to the Thai government. Like for the NAP-BHR 1, the draft NAP-BHR 2 is disappointing and does not include any mandatory measures to ensure mandatory human rights due diligence legislation (mHRDD) nor any anti-SLAPP measures to protect human rights defenders from mal-intentioned corporations.
🚨 Now, it's pretty clear why we don't want any NAP-BHR! We demand mandatory measures that put People and the Planet over profit! No more voluntary policy. Only real mandatory regulations can end corporate impunity!
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🗣️ Stay tuned for our updates! 👉 Manushya Foundation & #ThaiBHRNetwork are launching their NAP-BHR 1 Assessment & NAP-BHR 2 Comments on 20 October 2022. Be ready as we are preparing to tell the truth and push back on the government's lies!
While you're here...
➡️ Find out more about our #CorporateAccountability work and analysis related to Thailand's NAP-BHR in Thailand!
Read our UPR Factsheet on Adverse Impact of Bilateral and Regional Free Trade Agreements, 29 September 2021
Read our UPR Factsheet People and Planet over Profit, 13 September 2021
Read our Joint Comments to the Final Draft National Action Plan (NAP) on Business and Human Rights (BHR), June 2019
Read our BHR Assessment Chapters: Independent CSO National Baseline Assessment (NBA) On Business & Human Rights, March 2019
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