The Responsible Business Initiative

Protecting human rights and the environment


Glencore responsible for serious skin injuries in Chad

Investigations have revealed that Glencore has caused an environmental disaster in Chad: Chemicals from the petroleum production are poisoning a river. This causes large burn blisters on the skin of both children and adults and livestock perishes.

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National Council sticks with compromise proposal

The National Council leaves the door open for a political compromise. The ball is back in the court of the Council of States.

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Swiss based companies have made and continue to make headlines for human rights abuses and environmental damages committed through their global activities. This is why, on April 21st 2015, a broad coalition of Swiss civil society organizations working in human rights, development and environmental protection launched the Responsible Business Initiative. The initiative aims at introducing a biding framework to protect human rights and the ennvironment abroad.