John Grova

John Grova

Associate Researcher

John Grova is currently advising and coordinating the UNGPs 10+ project led by the United Nations (UN) Working Group on Business and Human Rights.

This project is carried out in partnership with the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and the UN Development Programme and supported by the Geneva Academy and the Geneva Human Rights Platform. Governments supporting the project include Germany and Switzerland.

This project – framed around the June 2021 10th anniversary of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs) endorsement by the UN Human Rights Council – has taken stock of achievements to date and assessed existing gaps and challenges and opportunities. The second phase of the project during 2021 will focus on developing a ‘roadmap for the next decade’ with recommendations for realizing faster and wider implementation of the UNGPs by States and businesses over the coming years.

John has assisted the UN Working Group for several years, including in their mandate to guide the annual UN Forum on Business and Human Rights that has taken place in Geneva every year since 2012. As part of his support to the UN Working Group and the annual Forum, he helped coordinate thematic preparations and stakeholder engagement for the Forum editions from 2012–2019. John has also advised and supported the UN Working Group in the context of its thematic work on corporate human rights due diligence, human rights defenders and the role of business in conflict-affected areas, as well in broader policy engagements with all relevant stakeholders to promote the UNGPs globally.

From 2010–2012 he served as Associate Expert in the business and human rights team at OHCHR.

Research Projects

Mine Project

Business, Human Rights and Conflict-Affected Regions

This project aims to further identify and clarify policies and practices for States and business, including public and private investors, across the full ‘conflict cycle’ and the ‘Protect, Respect and Remedy’ pillars of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

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NYU Stern BHR Knitwear Factory in Mymensingh Project

Business and Human Rights: Towards a Decade of Global Implementation

This project aims at supporting the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights' project for the 10th anniversary of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

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