The United Nations Working Group on business and human rights was established by the UN Human Rights Council on 17 June 2011, with members appointed on 30 September 2011. Amongst its members is Dr. Margaret Jungk, Director of the Human Rights and Business Department at the Danish Institute for Human Rights. Working Group members formally commenced their roles on 1 November 2011.
Following in the pioneering footsteps of former UN Special Representative on business and human rights (SRSG), Harvard University Professor John Ruggie, the new ‘Working Group on human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises’ is vested with a 3-year global mandate to implement and disseminate the United Nations Guiding Principles on business and human rights, as endorsed unanimously in June 2011 by the Human Rights Council.
As one of 5 members of the UN Working Group, Dr. Jungk devotes her time to promoting the effective and comprehensive dissemination and implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on business and human rights, including by identifying and promoting good practices for the management of human rights by companies, and by advising governments on the development of domestic legislation and policies relating to business and human rights.
Read the full text of the Human Rights Council resolution establishing the Working Group here
View the OHCHR official website for the Working Group here
Read the full text of the UN Guiding Principles on human rights and business here
More about Margaret Jungk here.