Business and Human Rights in Kenya

Last updated: 15.04.2016 // The Norwegian OECD Focal Point for Business and Human Rights, Prof. Ola Mestad, visited Kenya from 13 to 14 April. During his stay, prof. Mestad held conversations with the Attorney General's Office, the National Steering Committee on the National Action Plan for Business and Human Rights, and a number of Kenyan and Norwegian Businesses on how the private sector can contribute to the realization of human rights in Kenya.

On 13 April, Prof. Mestad engaged in talks with government, businesses and civil society actors about the establishment of a National Action Plan for Business and Human Rights in Kenya. There were productive exchanges on how businesses and other stakeholders can be involved in the process. Prof. Mestad referred to the Norwegian experience of sector specific engagement, as well as the idea of including multinational corporations who have headquarters in OECD countries and therefore are bound my the OECD guidelines.

On 14 April Innovation Norway organized a seminar at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Nairobi to discuss with Kenyan and Norwegian businesses how the UN Guiding Principles and the OECD Guidelines on Business and Human Rights could be realized in Kenya. Prof. Mestad and the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights provided an outline of the guidelines, and there were fruitful exchanges between the approximately 50 participants. The triple bottom line was emphasized - People, Planet and Profit. There were also individual presentations from Penta Flowers, W. Giertsen Energy, Magadi Soda, and Nestlé. The presentations by Prof. Mestad and the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights are available on the right hand side bar.


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