The discussion on human rights and environmental responsibility on the part of Swiss multinationals has now become mainstream. The Parliament is dealing seriously with the Responsible Business Initiative.
In the frame of the revision of the Swiss Corporation Law, the Legal Affairs Committee of the National Council proposes legal measures against human rights violations by corporations based in Switzerland.
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».
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.
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.
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.