On 10 October, the Responsible Business Initiative has been presented to the authorities. The 80 NGOs supporting the initiative share one common goal: Swiss quality must incorporate the protection of human rights and the environment.
What happens when multinationals from Switzerland abuse human rights and damage the environment in the South? Often nothing at all. A broad NGO coalition has launched a popular initiative meant to fill the gaps in the legislation.
The revision of Swiss stock corporation law submitted by the Federal Council remains insufficient. Transparency, respect for human rights and environmental standards should be given greater importance.
After the autumn session 2014 of Swiss parliament, National Councillor Ursula Haller will be stepping down after 15 years. In an interview, the Centre politician (BDP) is convinced that a flourishing economy and ethical conduct can go together.
Those whose rights are trampled on by a multinational should be able to successfully seek compensation. A new study shows how difficult this is for victims in the South when the multinational is headquartered in the North.
If an enterprise infringes the OECD Guidelines for multinational enterprises, a complaint can be filed with the National Contact Point (NCP). These entities operate with varying degrees of seriousness and independence, however.