NAP Development Process
In December 2017 Argentina adopted a National Action Plan on Human Rights 2017-2020 (in Spanish) which contains the following section on business and human rights. This broad human rights NAP contains a commitment to develop a specific NAP on business and human rights.
5.6 Human Rights and Business
Strategic Objective: Promote public policies designed to protect, respect, and remedy in line with the Guiding Principles on business and human rights.
|Programmed actions||Those responsible||Necessary partners||Method||Indicator|
|Strengthen inter and intra sectorial coordiation in the development of pubilc policies for the protection and respect of human rigths in business activities.||Ministry of Justice and Human Rights||PEN - OS - OI||- 60 agreements with pubilc bodies, businesses, business chambers, guilds and international organisations signed|
- 25 Inter-Ministerial and Inter-Sectorial working sessions held
|- The number of agreements with pubilc bodies, businesses, business chambers, guilds and international organisations signed
- The number of Inter-Ministerial and Inter-Sectorial working sessions held
|Contribute to the design and implementation of a National Action Plan, as well as guides and action protocols within the framework of international instruments such as the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and OECD Directives, with special focus on vulnerable groups.||Ministry of Justice and Human Rights||PEN - OS - OI||- National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights presented|
- 5 protocols and guides for realisation produced
|- The presentation of a National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights
- The number of protocols and guides for realisation produced
|Strengthen the capacities of the public, private and social sectors with regards to international instruments for the protection and respect of human rights in business activities and develop communication and dissemination strategies aimed at improving public knowledge on the subject.||Ministry of Justice and Human Rights||PEN - OS - OI||- 70 actions to train and disseminate the international instruments for the protection and respect of human rights in business activities||- The number of actions to train and disseminate the international instruments for the protection and respect of human rights in business activities|
|Develop actions to promote Social Responsibility in the framework of the National Focum on Social Responsibility for Sustainable Development in order to promote strategic alliances (state, civil society actors and the private sector) to help the vulnerable within society.||Ministry of Social Development (Secretaría de Acompañamiento y Protección Social)||OS||- Realise actions to promote Social Responsibility||- The realisation of actions to promote Social Responsibility|
Subsequently, a process to develop a specific National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights began, and a National Baseline Assessment (NBA) was developed (but not formally published), but this was discontinued in 2020.
In 2022, a new process to develop a National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights was begun, and the Ombudsman of Argentina (Defensor del Pueblo de la Nación Argentina) will undertake an NBA to underpin this. The Ombudsman set an early 2023 deadline for publishing the NBA.
National Baseline Assessment (NBA)
A national baseline assessment on business and human rights is currently being conducted.
The Argentina Business and Human Rights Country Guide, last updated in 2016, provides country-specific guidance to help companies respect human rights and contribute to development. The Country Guide is a compilation of publicly available information from international institutions, local NGOs, governmental agencies, businesses, media and universities, among others. International and domestic sources are identified on the basis of their expertise and relevance to the Argentine context, as well as their timeliness and impartiality.