Business and human rights

Political article

«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.
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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.
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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».
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National Contact Point: The limits of dialogue

Economic associations are opposed to the introduction of civil liability for business-related human rights violations and environmental degradation, as proposed under the Responsible Business Initiative; they point to National Contact Point.
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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.
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Responsible globalization

Why the rejection of Corporate Tax Reform III, neoliberal globalization and the 2030 Agenda have to do with each other. Editorial.
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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.

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.
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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.