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Luxembourg – Environment & Climate change

Introduction (pg. 8)

…The Government, therefore, attaches particular importance to the implementation of the UN Agenda 2030 and, to that effect, presented a voluntary national report in July 2017 at the High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, which took place in New York. The role played by Luxembourg at COP21 of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Paris in December 2015, its role as Chairperson-in-Office of the Council of Ministers of the European Union and through its high level participation in COP22 and 23 in Marrakesh and Bonn, documents the importance the government attaches to an effective fight against climate change in all aspects, including human rights. By reason, Luxembourg is a signatory of The Geneva Pledge on Human Rights in Climate Action.

 

Part I – Rational Framework for the development, adoption and implementation of the NAP

1. International Context

1.1. United Nations (UN) (pg. 12)

The UN Global Compact supports businesses to carry out their activities in ways that are responsible by aligning their strategies and operations with the ten principles of human rights, labour, the environment and anti-corruption. The Global Compact is recognized as a major proponent of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. Luxembourg companies have adopted the ten principles enacted by the Global Compact. It should also be noted that in 2017 CSR Europe (The European Business Network for Corporate Social Responsibility) signed a Memorandum of Understanding with UN Global Compact. IMS Luxembourg (Inspiring More Sustainability) is the representative of CSR Europe in Luxembourg. The National Institute for Sustainable Development and Corporate Social Responsibility (INDR) and IMS are in the talks with the UN Global Compact to represent the local network.

 

1.5. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) (pg. 14)

Luxembourg, by adopting the OECD Declaration on Investment and Multinational Enterprises in 1976, also adhered to the OECD Guidelines for multinational companies, which were its corollary, and which for the first time instituted an international standard for responsible business for companies actively working internationally.

…The OECD Guidelines represent a comprehensive and global framework for the responsible management of companies, which cover all aspects including, in addition to human rights … the environment…. The OECD Guidelines are still the only instrument for an international approach to corporate social responsibility involving a mechanism – the network National Contact Points (NCPs) – to ensure its implementation.

 

2. National Context

2.2. Governmental Program (pg. 16)

In the governmental program adopted in 2013, the Government of Luxembourg reaffirmed its commitment to the values of human rights and demonstrates its sense of responsibility in this area, particularly in its external action:

  • “Our voice also bears the values we defend: freedom, peace, democracy, and sustainable development, the fight against poverty, exclusion and climate change as well as unfailing commitment to respect for human rights.”

… At the national level, the Government addresses the topic “Business and Human Rights”, on the bias of corporate social responsibility:

“The Government will ensure equitable access to public tenders. Call procedures will be analysed together with the appropriate professional circles and adapted as part of community provisions. The specifications will take into account innovation criteria, respect for the environment and CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility).”

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