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Debriefing Session Belgian National Action Plan ‘Business and Human Rights’

10-12-2015, 09:0013:00

On 10 December, CIFAL Flanders and Flanders Investment & Trade, hosted a seminar on the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and the Belgian National Action Plan that is currently being drafted. The UNGPs are a global standard for preventing and addressing the risk of adverse impacts on human rights linked to business activity. The policy framework consists of three pillars: (1) the state duty to protect against human rights abuses of third parties, (2) the corporate responsibility to respect human rights, and the need for greater access by victims to effective remedy, judicial and non-judicial.

Since the UNGPs where endorsed by the United Nations Human Rights Council in 2011, various countries have made efforts to translate the framework into a National Action Plan. As a Belgian National Action Plan is on its way, the seminar also  focussed on what steps have already been taken, what the plan will entail and what consequences this process will have on businesses. The seminar was concluded with a presentation of the business case of JBC, where participants could learn how a company can implement the respect for human rights in their CSR strategy.



WelcomeClaire Tillekaerts, CEO Flanders Investment & Trade

Foundation CIFAL Flanders, UN Training Centre for Implementing the SDGsPeter Wollaert, Managing Director CIFAL Flanders

The UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human RightsKoen De Feyter, Professor International Law University of Antwerp; Lieselot Verdonck – Ph.D Researcher Human Rights Centre Ghent University

The Belgian National Action PlanHélène De Bock, Belgian Foreign Affairs; Dieter Vander Beke, Belgian Federal Institute for Sustainable Development

Flemish approach and examples of contributions to the Belgian National Action PlanNathalie De Nul, Flemish Department of Foreign Affairs; Gert Van Eeckhout, Flemish Department of Work and Social Economy; Jan Van Den Einde, Flanders Investment & Trade

Civil society assessment of the existing National Action Plans across EuropeJerome Chaplier, Coordinator of the European Coalition of Corporate Justice

Human Rights and CSR: Strengthening the business case of JBCGriet Cattaert, JBC



Please find the booklet and photo’s of the seminar below.

Booklet Business and Human Rights


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09:00 —13:00


CIFAL Flanders
+32 3 338 67 20
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Flanders Investment and Trade
Avenue Roi Albert II 37
Schaerbeek, 1030 Belgium
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