Thursday, 18 April

Nat’l action plan for businesses needed to promote responsible business conduct – Minister

Western Regional Minister is a pose with stakeholders after the meeting at Takoradi

The Western Regional Minister, Mr Kwabena Okyere Darko-Mensah, on Tuesday, May 23 2023, delivered an address at a two-day Consultative Workshop on the Development of a National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights in Takoradi in the Western Region.

The workshop was organised by the Attorney General's Office and the Ministry of Justice.

“It was to signify the commitment to ensuring that business practices in our nation align with human rights principles,” he said. 

The workshop was a platform for stakeholders from various sectors to come together and contribute their expertise toward the formulation of a comprehensive National Action Plan. 

The Minister on his part, noted that the Western Region believes in the private sector, which is why ''our second pillar is to make the region a model for Ghana with its Enterprise Western Region programme.”

He emphasised that as businesses operate, there would be potential risks and challenges due to human rights issues. 

Thus, “it is imperative that we strike a balance between economic development, and safeguard the dignity and well-being of workers,” he noted.

According to him, the National Action Plan would provide a framework to identify, prevent and address potential human rights abuses and ensure access to justice for affected individuals.

He urged all to have in mind the ultimate goal of the National Action Plan to promote sustainable development, protect human rights and create an enabling environment for businesses to thrive.

Source: Mensah