Towards a Coherent Policy Framework on Business and Human Rights: Challenges, gains, and lessons learned
In 2015, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) launched a plan for economic integration across the region. However, in the absence of a coherent policy framework to regulate and govern private sector investment, this economic integration model risks exacerbating resource grabbing, excessively benefiting corporate interests, and adding to Asia’s rising inequalities.
This case study describes how Oxfam and its partners in Asia have advocated for ASEAN to adopt a policy framework that adheres to the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, and called for the private sector to respect human rights in its business practices. The project was informed by the work of the Gender Transformative and Responsible Agribusiness Investments in South East Asia (GRAISEA) programme.