The New U.S. National Action Plan on Responsible Business Conduct: Initial Reflections on the Way Here and the Road Ahead

Event Info


Thursday, January 12, 2017 - 12:00am


On December 16, 2016, the U.S. government launched its first National Action Plan (NAP) to promote responsible business conduct domestically and overseas. In the development of the NAP, the Obama administration undertook a two-year consultative process, including four multi-stakeholder dialogues held across the country and the receipt of written submissions from across stakeholder groups. The NAP is an opportunity for the U.S. government to detail how it will meet its obligations to ensure that economic actors respect the human rights of individuals and communities affected by business activities. With the new Trump administration taking office, now is a crucial time to take stock of the NAP and the U.S. government’s plans to fulfill its duty to protect human rights and ensure strong implementation of the NAP.

In line with the multi-stakeholder nature of the U.S. NAP development process, the *co-sponsors of this roundtable discussion will bring together representatives from the U.S. government, business, civil society, labor, academia, and affected communities to reflect on the NAP. Speakers will offer their insights and expertise on a number of questions relating to the process, content, and future of the NAP, including:

  • How well did the NAP development process function?
  • Does the NAP’s content meet stakeholders’ expectations and detail means to ensure that the U.S. government and companies fulfill their commitments to protect and respect human rights?
  • What lies ahead for the implementation of the NAP? What expectations can we have of the new Trump administration?
  • What role can various stakeholders play in ensuring implementation of the NAP and improved accountability for corporations?

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Date: January 12, 2017 
Time: 9:00am - 12:00pm, Breakfast and Registration: 8:30am 
Location: American University Washington College of Law, Claudio Grossman Hall
This event is free and open to the public, but space is limited.
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