At UN Human Rights Forum, Groups May Seek to Ramp Up Pressure on Companies

step on globeThe UN’s Working Group on Human Rights and Transnational Corporations and Other Business Enterprises will hold a Forum on Business and Human Rights on December 4 and 5 in Geneva.

The forum could have important ramifications for business, especially since trade unions and NGOs are demanding far-reaching measures for the implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

Such measures could take the form of extraterritorial jurisdiction, the linking of compliance with the UN Principles to access to export credits and public procurement, mandatory reporting on due-diligence outcomes, and the establishment of a European complaints mechanism for alleged violations.

In view of this, USCIB is seeking to facilitate a broad industry turnout at the forum, including from small and medium-sized enterprises. Representation will take place through the International Organization of Employers (IOE), part of USCIB’s global network.

The IOE has been able to negotiate the availability of a “public space” at the forum venue, where companies can present information and materials on their human rights activities during two-day forum. Please contact us for additional information.

Staff contact: Ariel Meyerstein

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Gabriella Rigg Herzog leads USCIB policy and programs on corporate responsibility, international labor standards and corporate governance. She manages USCIB engagement with its affiliated organizations, U.S. government agencies, and United Nations agencies on international corporate responsibility principles, codes of conduct and multi-stakeholder initiatives, as well as international and transnational regulatory activities on labor and employment policies, sustainable development and corporate governance.
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