Leading "Business and Human Rights" from Asia

BHR Lawyers Network Japan

The Business and Human Rights Lawyers Network Japan (BHR Lawyers) is an information-sharing network established through the collective action of lawyers, scholars, business persons and other legal specialists active in diverse areas ranging from business law practices to human rights advocacy.

Through the advancement of Business and Human Rights practices in Japan, the BHR Lawyers is promoting business to respect human rights and facilitating dialogues among stakeholders to ensure the access to remedies.

Our Goal

COVID-19 & BHR Basic Actions

 The pandemic of COVID-19 has had a serious negative impact on human rights. In addition to governmental measures, business are also expected to companies are expected to consider and explore ways to mitigate the negative impact on human rights (See Japan COVID-19 & BHR Research Report "COVID-19 Impacts on Human Rights and Guidance on Japanese Business Response").

 BHR Lawyers has launched  “Japan COVID-19 & BHR Basic Actions - Basic Actions for Promoting  Innovative and Responsible Business Conduct for Building Back Better from COVID-19 Crisis" with support of institutional investors and other stakeholders. The Basic Actions list ten actions that Japanese companies are expected to take for promoting responsible business conduct in accordance with the Guiding Principles during and beyond the COVID-19 crisis.

Engagement & Remedy Guidelines

 The Japan Responsible Supply Chains Committee, which is comprised of multi-stakeholder members, and which is led by the Business and Human Rights Lawyers Network Japan ("BHR Lawyers") and the Global Compact Network Japan ("GCNJ"), and supported by the Civil Society Platform for Japan’s National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights ("BHR-NAP-CSP"), has formulated and announced the first edition of  "Engagement" and "Remedy" Guidelines for Promotion of Responsible Business Conduct and Responsible Supply Chains.

 This project has been conducted under the assistance and advice of the OECD Centre for Responsible Business Conduct and the ILO Office for Japan and accredited as the Tokyo 2020 Support Program (Sustainability).

 The Guidelines also intend to contribute to the development of the legacy of Tokyo 2020, the enrichment of the content of Japan's National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights, and the effective dissemination of the ESG initiatives by Japanese companies. 

Guidelines Launch Event on Feb. 3, 2020

As the launch event of the "Engagement" and "Remedy" Guidelines, Sasakawa Peace Foundation, Global Compact Network Japan (GCNJ), and BHR Lawyers Network Japan (BHR Lawyers)  co-organized a public symposium "Towards Promotion of Responsible Business Conduct and Supply Chains: Roles of National Action Plans on Business & Human Rights and “Engagement” & “Remedy” Guidelines".

 News

November 17, 2020
Activities of BHR Lawyers were highlighted in the UN Business and Human Rights Forum 2020

Activities of BHR Lawyers were highlighted as roles of lawyers in preventing business-related human rights abuses in the session “Preventing business-related human rights abuses in Asia Pacific: Actors and actions” at the UN Forum on Business and Human Rights

June 17, 2020
【June 17 19:00-20:40】Webinar "Responsible Business Conduct for Building Back Better from COVID-19 Crisis"

BHR Lawyers will host a webinar with support of UNDP Representative Office in Japan and the Global Compact Network Japan. In this webinar, we will launch our initiative “Japan COVID-19 & BHR Basic Actions - Basic Actions for Promoting  Innovative and Responsible Business Conduct for Building Back Better from COVID-19 Crisis".(In Japanese)

March 31, 2020

BHR Lawyers signed a MOU with IBA (International Bar Association) for implementing IBA's BHR training programme in Japan.

BHR Lawyers signed a MOU with IBA (International Bar Association) for implementing the BHR Training Programme in Japan. In collaboration with IBA, BHR Lawyers plan to organize BHR training sessions for lawyers in Japan this year.

November 19, 2019

BHR Lawyers' leadership was highlighted in the OECD-ILO Roundtable on Responsible Business Conduct.

In the OECD-ILO Roundtable, BHR Lawyers presented our leadership of formulating the Engagement and Remedy Guidelines and of promoting multi-stakeholders initiatives. The Roundtable Summary also mentioned: "Lawyers are an important stakeholder group in progressing the implementation of RBC expectations through their engagement with public and private sector clients as well as designing and shaping normative frameworks. The new ‘Engagement’ and ‘Remedy’ guidelines prepared by the Responsible Supply Chains Committee were highlighted as a key achievement in the work carried out by the Committee."

BHR Lawyers Database

November, 2020

[Article] Roles of lawyers in preventing business-related human rights abuses

Daisuke Takahashi

Attorney at Law (Japan)

September, 2018

[Article] The “business and human rights” principle cares gender pay gap

Emi Omura

Attorney at Law (Japan)

December, 2017

[Article] Embedding respect for human rights in the Tokyo Olympics

Daisuke Takahashi 

Attorney at Law (Japan)

Email: bhrlawyers.japan@gmail.com

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