Regulations

Political article
12.1.2018

«Profit should not be an end in itself»

The 3rd Session of an Inter-Governmental Working Group convened in October in Geneva, chaired by Guillaume Long. It is charged with elaborating an international legally binding instrument on transnational corporations and human rights. An interview.
Article AS news
25.11.2017

Paradisiacal voluntary action

Countless enterprises are all too willing to use every tiny legal loophole to maximize their profits. Voluntary action is also the mantra of the Federal Council, even if human rights are concerned.
Political article
15.11.2017

Parliamentarians for an indirect counter-proposal

The Legal Affairs Committee of the Swiss Parliament acknowledges that human rights violations perpetrated by Swiss based multinational companies are of great concern. It initiates a counter-proposal to the «Responsible Business Initiative».
Article AS news
12.7.2017

British Parliament applies pressure

The implementation of the UN Guiding Principles is also gaining traction in the United Kingdom. One report calls for much the same things as the Responsible Business Initiative.
Article AS news
12.1.2017

A UN Treaty on Business & Human Rights?

The political temperature is rising in Switzerland following the submission of the Responsible Business Initiative. Momentum is also building around the topic at the United Nations.
Position
23.12.2016

Swiss National Action Plan on B&HR: The analysis

It took the Swiss government four years to publish its National action plan how to put into practice the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. The Swiss coalition for corporate justice has analysed the document.
Press release
9.12.2016

The National Action Plan: a plan without action

Over 5 years after the adoption of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, Switzerland finally published its implementation strategy. The National Action Plan recognizes the challenges at hand, only six new measures are foreseen.
Political article
16.11.2016

Neither plan nor action

The Swiss President, Johann Schneider-Ammann, was a keynote speakter at this year’s UN Forum on Business and Human Rights. However, a key point of his' was met with little understanding: «Freetrade is a condition for the respect of human rights.»
Book
12.10.2016

Interview on Business and Human Rights

Making a profit while observing human rights – the two things can but need not go together. Yet they ought to. In his book, publicist and economist Markus Mugglin lays the groundwork for a much-needed debate.