Business and human rights

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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.

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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Human rights are not a gift, but a duty

Peter Niggli, Director of Alliance Sud, about the Federal Council's report on business and human rights, and the need for binding rules.
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«Prevention should not become an empty phrase»

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.