Business and human rights

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.
Political article
10.10.2016

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.
Résumé
5.7.2016

For Responsible Business

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.
Article AS news
16.12.2015

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.
Article AS news
2.7.2015

Responsible Business Initiative

The Responsible Business Initiative has been launched in the end of April. With it the debate about business and human rights is heatening up. Diametrically opposed positions are now shifting.
Article AS news
4.4.2015

Stock corporation law: Action, not words!

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.
Press release
11.3.2015

Increased corporate accountability blocked

Following a turbulent debate, the Swiss lower chamber of parliament initially accepted a motion for increased corporate accountability only to repeat the vote and ultimately dismiss the motion.
Article AS news
1.10.2014

Resolution passed on transnational enterprises

The UN Human Rights Council has passed a resolution calling for the creation of a binding international agreement on the observance of human rights by multinational enterprises.