NHRIs Checklist on protecting jobs, workers and SMEs
17 Mar 2022

New checklist helps NHRIs put human rights at the heart of economic response and recovery 

A new checklist gives European National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) guidance on how they can help safeguard jobs and livelihoods put under pressure by COVID-19.  

Developed by the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and ENNHRI, it provides NHRIs with a step-by-step approach and tools and resources for applying a human rights-based approach in their work to protect jobs, workers and small and medium-sized enterprises.  

Furthermore, the checklist takes into account the context of national COVID-19 recovery and resilience plans. Developed in nearly all European countries, these represent a relatively new area of engagement for NHRIs. 

As they can advise on policies that impact on economic and social rights, NHRIs are well placed to support recovery efforts, ensuring that these leave no one behind and prioritise the most marginalised people.  

In the checklist, NHRIs can find answers to these key questions: 

  • How can governments protect the jobs and incomes of workers in the most vulnerable situations in a way that advances gender and socio-economic equality? 
  • How can governments develop recovery and resilience plans that uphold human rights norms and standards and leave no one behind? 
  • What role do NHRIs have to play in the above?  

The checklist also includes a selection of complementary resources from ENNHRI, OHCHR and others. This includes the OHCHR Checklist for a Human Rights-Based Approach to Socio-Economic Country Responses to COVID-19, which has served as the basis for the newly released checklist.  

>> Download and read the checklist

>> Discover ENNHRI’s work in relation to the Sustainable Development Goals

>> Learn more on ENNHRI’s work on COVID-19

>> Read more about a human rights-based approach.