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Ghana: UNDP Project to Promote Responsible Business Conduct Launched



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The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Ghana has launched a Business and Human Rights (B+HR) project aimed at promoting responsible business conduct in the country.

The project formed part of the UNDP global project with funding from the government of Japan to promote responsible business practices in 17 countries including Ghana, Kenya and Mozambique in Africa.

It was under the theme;’Promoting Responsible Business Conduct with a particular focus on promoting Human Right Due Diligence in global supply chains and leveraging the UN Guiding Principle on Business and Human Rights for a just recovery.’

Speaking at the launch in Accra on Wednesday, the UNDP Deputy Resident Representative,Mr SukhrobKhoshmukhamedov, said the project would strengthen efforts to better equip governments and companies to understand and act upon their duties and responsibilities to prevent human right abuses such as forced labour, land grabbing and discrimination among others.

He said it would also guide companies to carry out Human Rights Due Diligence (HRDD) to assess, prevent and mitigate adverse impacts and would benefit businesses that demonstrate clean operations to have clear advantages in placing their products on the market.

“UNDP’s vast experience in implementing its Business and Human Rights initiative and promoting HRDD has proven that businesses of all sizes can be agents of positive change,” he added.

Mr Khoshmukhamedov said UNDP would work with governments to create a level playing field that would motivate more companies to embrace responsible business practices.