Business and human rights

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«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.

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.

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.
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Responsible Business Initiative handed over

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.
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Corporate Social Responsibility under scrutiny

The economic lobbies never tire of repeating it: no new laws are needed to get companies to observe human rights and environmental standards. Yet many studies show the limits of self-regulation.