Nepal launches ‘National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights’

Kathmadu: In an effort to promote responsible business practices and uphold human rights, Nepal has officially launched the ‘National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights 2080/81-2084/85 BS.’ The initiative was inaugurated by the Minister for Labour, Employment, and Social Security, Sharat Singh Bhandari, during a program held in the capital on Tuesday.

Minister Bhandari emphasized that the primary objective of the Action Plan is to encourage businesses to operate responsibly, ensuring the respect and protection of human rights. He expressed confidence that the implementation of the plan would play a significant role in motivating business entities to contribute to societal security and respect while fulfilling their responsibilities towards society. The minister also anticipated a notable improvement in living standards through this initiative.

Underlining the importance of effective implementation, Minister Bhandari stressed the need for responsible business practices and the protection of human rights as outlined in the action plan.

Tap Bahadur Magar, Chairman of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), highlighted the collaborative effort involved in preparing the National Action Plan. He mentioned that the plan incorporates 35-point suggestions provided by the NHRC to enhance its scope and impact.

Chairman Magar called upon all stakeholders to actively participate in the successful implementation of the action plan. He emphasized the plan’s role in safeguarding the rights of indigenous nationalities and minorities, as well as contributing to environmental conservation.

The launch of the National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights marks a significant step towards fostering a business environment that prioritizes ethical practices and respects fundamental human rights in Nepal.