Business and Human Rights in Asia: Enabling Sustainable Economic Growth through the Respect, Protect and Remedy Framework (B+HR Asia) is a joint action of the European Union (EU) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The action promotes and facilitates the implementation of the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs), and in the process, contributes to better human rights conditions, inclusive economic growth, and environmental sustainability. The project is implemented over the period of 48 months starting from January 2020. Project programming countries include India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Sri Lanka and Thailand. This progress report covers the period from 4 August 2020, the date from which the project Inception Report was filed, to 31 December 2020, the end of the financial reporting period.

The B+HR Asia project faced considerable headwinds in the face of a global pandemic coupled with the region’s most painful economic downturn in a lifetime. Despite this, the project was successful in driving policy work forward on Business and Human Rights. Strong visibility and engagement with the public was achieved through a wide array of communication and public diplomacy actions. Also, the project promoted solutionsfor rightsholdersthrough Human Rights Due Diligence (HRDD) practice trainings and workshops, and awareness raising on the UNGPs. Small grants were awarded to three civil society organizations (CSOs) to support access to remedy for people and communities negatively impacted by business operations.