16 Dec 2020
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Later in October 2019, the Royal Thai Government (RTG) adopted their First National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights (NAP). As a part of the drafting process, the RTG invited the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights to an official visit of the country in the hope that the Group would provide recommendations for improvement. After their visit, the Working Group reported various issues of concern in respect of human rights abuses in the Thai business sector. There is growing awareness and interest about the importance of human rights and responsibilities in the workforce in Thailand. This is particularly so amongst larger Thai companies with exposure to global markets. There is an increasing dialogue emerging amongst business representatives concerning how to improve the transparency, assessment, reporting and monitoring of human rights abuses. For example, Thailand’s Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has advocated for the better protection of human rights in order for Thai companies to remain competitive, gain better business results, respond to Thailand’s structural problems and support the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

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