NAP Development Process
The Government of the Republic of Slovenia adopted a National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights in November 2018.
The National Action Plan sets out the activities undertaken by the state to safeguard human rights in business processes with the help of normative provisions and measures for their implementation, initiatives to raise the awareness of all stakeholders of the obligation to respect human rights in business activities, and the provision of access to assistance in the case of human rights infringements. It also sets out the expectations placed upon business enterprises regarding the respecting of human rights.
Through its National Action Plan, the Republic of Slovenia aims to strengthen activities designed to ensure that human rights are respected in business activities throughout the value chain and to additionally develop cooperation between the state, business enterprises, business associations, unions, NGOs and other stakeholders. Guidelines on conducting human rights due diligence for business enterprises are provided in an annex to the National Action Plan.
Regarding the implementation of the National Action Plan, periodic inspections of implementation will be carried out every two years. These inspections will be coordinated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which will then report the findings to the Government of the Republic of Slovenia.
A draft NAP (in Slovenian) was produced after one month of consultations in October and November 2017 (in Slovenian) with relevant government ministries, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia, businesses, trade unions, non-governmental organisations, and academia.
The Slovenian Government adopted the NAP in November 2018. An English translation is due in December 2018.
Follow-up, monitoring, reporting and review
While the National Action Plan contains a range of measures and recommendations to ensure implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, it does not establish new legal obligations and has no financial consequences.
On 17 January 2019, the Working Group on the Implementation of the NAP on Business Human Rights of the Republic of Slovenia, had its first meeting. With consensus, the group focused on state-owned companies and public procurement as it first initiative.