Sharing Experiences and Finding Practical Solutions Regarding the Implementation of the UNGP’s Effectiveness Criteria

In the context of enhancing access to effective remedy in the field of business and human rights, and with the goal of enhancing the provision of effective remedy through non-judicial grievance mechanisms, ACCESS Facility organized an expert meeting to improve the alignment of a variety of mechanisms with the effectiveness criteria of UNGP 31 and the subsequent OECD criteria.

Access to remedy for victims of business-related abuses is an important element of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGP).

While effective judicial mechanisms are at the core of ensuring access to remedy, non-judicial mechanisms play an essential role in complementing and supplementing judicial mechanisms. With the aim to ensure the effectiveness of non-judicial grievance mechanisms, UNGP 31 formulates effectiveness criteria.

To date, the effectiveness criteria of UNGP 31 are the most prominent and authoritative benchmark and guidance for non-judicial mechanisms to ensure their ability to provide access to effective remedy.

However, there is limited information and guidance on how these effectiveness criteria are being, or need to be implemented in practice by the various types of mechanism. The key challenges and needs of mechanisms and their users are yet to be identified, explored and addressed.

In the context of enhancing access to effective remedy in the field of business and human rights, and with the goal of enhancing the provision of effective remedy through non-judicial grievance mechanisms, ACCESS Facility organized an expert meeting to improve the alignment of a variety of mechanisms with the effectiveness criteria of UNGP 31 and the subsequent OECD criteria.

It brought together a number of practitioners and operators of different types of grievance mechanism to share experiences, learn from each other, and raise awareness and understanding of how to address key challenges and needs that operators and users of non-judicial grievance mechanisms face in the process of successfully implementing the effectiveness criteria of UNGP 31.
The outcomes of the expert meeting, drawing on interviews, expert insights, participant perspectives, ACCESS case stories, and other inputs, were:

  • More granular understanding of the challenges and needs faced by users and operators of grievance mechanisms, particularly as these related to the effectiveness criteria of UNGP 31;
  • Actionable insight that can guide designers and operators of mechanisms on how they could enhance the mechanism’s procedures and practice.

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