3 Private organisations
How can private organisations comply with their human rights obligations?
The state must ensure that all actors comply with their human rights obligations through oversight and control. As a result, an important duty of the state is to support organisations and persons in acquiring the necessary knowledge to implement human rights compliance. The state must also enforce human rights law when it is not voluntarily respected.
In addition to transmitting knowledge about human rights, this toolbox also promotes the implementation of various mechanisms mentioned by the (Logo soft law) UNGP to promote responsive behaviour and to identify and address actual or potential adverse human rights impacts in a timely way. The tools are complementary and interconnected as follows:
- Knowledge about binding human rights law: Human rights law in force in Belgium
- Knowledge about how to implement responsive human rights compliance processes: Guidelines related to organisations and human rights
- Awareness about which organisations can use this toolbox and how they can identify their human rights obligations: Private organisations
- Knowledge about the state-business nexus. This is, when state organisations must implement human rights compliance mechanisms, and which are the special duties of organisations that receive economic support from the state: State relationships with organisations
- Knowledge about concrete initiatives relating to specific economic activities: Multi-stakeholder initiatives and Economic sectors of relevance for Belgium
Concrete guidelines for implementation: