Danish Institute for Human Rights, 2021
The Ukrainian Ministry of Justice announced it was beginning a process to develop a National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights in January 2019. A National Baseline Assessment was published in late 2019.
In March 2021, it was announced that Ukraine adopted a chapter on business and human rights within a broader human rights national action plan.
An unofficial English translation of the business and human rights chapter can be found here. Initial communications during the development of the national Chapter on Business and Human Rights pointed to the intention to include as an action the development of a standalone NAP on Business and Human Rights. As of April 2021, it is uncertain, whether Ukraine is still pursuing this idea of a standalone NAP on Business and Human Rights, as the language in the national Chapter leaves room for interpretation.
Select civil society and governmental stakeholders were being consulted in the drafting stage of the National Baseline Assessment. The NBA draft was also published for consultation.
The draft of the BHR chapter was developed and discussed with the participation of the Governmental Commissioner for Gender Equality, the Federation of Employers, the Federation of Trade Unions, business associations, CSOs, UNDP in Ukraine and other stakeholders. In total, three open discussions were conducted virtually (due to Covid-19) by the MoJ to discuss all proposals related to the BHR chapter.
On 24 March 2021, the Business and Human Rights chapter as part of the National Strategy was adopted by the President of Ukraine.